My twenty year old voice was much more abrasive in comparison to my voice now. Most of my early life my inner voice focused on a list of imperfections and mistakes, and kept me thinking about them a good portion of everyday...what a waste, but the truth.
How many times have we all heard we need to reprogram past negative feelings with a conscious internal positive voice that will help you deal with yourself, your attitude, and the obstacles life throws at you.
My inner voice in relationship to running...
January 2015 will mark two full years of running for me. I began this journey at 46 years old...my inner voice said, "Are you kidding?"
It really wanted me to quit, it told me it was tooo hard to be that uncomfortable. My hip was burning constantly. I felt too heavy, I would get overwhelmed hearing my feet hit the ground and stop and walk. While running, I would think about how much it hurt, how hard I was breathing, how ridiculous I probably looked, the voice just wouldn't give me a break the first few months.
The woman was a little older like me, had been running a little longer, but didn't start until later in life like me, and she had this thing...she talked all kinds of happy stuff to herself about finishing the journey, etc...
Boom! I was hooked on blogs and mantras and began to use self talk, (sometimes out loud even) as a strategy to help me get over the rough patches in a run and train that little voice inside to think, yes I can!
Running is tough stuff, and for me all runs seem to hold a few challenging moments, even if it's a really good run.
Now, my running voice encourages me, will celebrate the little victories, and ease the weight when things are not going so well; so when I hit a rough patch it doesn't have to ruin the whole run.
Mile 1 - feeling pretty good
Mile 2 - felt an unusual amount of burning in my calves (hmmph)
Mile 3 - struggling a bit, feeling unusually thirsty
Now, a year ago my run would have ended at mile three. Glad to say that is not the case about how I handle things now.
Mile 3 - decided to walk a few of the bigger hills and have a little internal dialogue
Runs can go from good to bad and vice a versa...faster than anything. That's why I just try to keep myself moving.
Mile 4 - the walk breaks helped, I guess I didn't drink enough water today...very thirsty
I still don't carry hydration for a lot of my runs...it can be troublesome at times.
|There I am lapping water like a crazy person. Luckily the Rangers leave one rest room open in the park, but I have to run four miles to get to it|
...and then two more miles happened :)
After I got home, I ate and hopped on my bike for a quick 30 minute ride...I love my bike :)
Friday, I had body aches and chills all day so I got into bed right after work. Stupid sickness is screwing up my work out schedule, but I needed the rest; a run this morning would have been too rough feeling that bad, so even though it's making me crazy...I am waiting until Sunday to do my long run.
How's your inner voice? Does it need to give you a break sometimes? Or, am I just in need of an evaluation and maybe restraints :/
Do you experience these kind of challenges on runs, or am I just whiny?
Hope everyone has a great weekend :)