But it wasn't until today that I realized that the question is about what did I do until I made my peace with running. How did I get through my runs and not stop?
When I run, the only person I can rely on is myself and so that means that running is entirely a mental game. This can make or break a person. Before I made my peace with running, it was all but breaking me.
For me, my mind races a thousand miles a minute when I'm thinking through a situation, including running. I would think about how much longer I had from the moment I started running. When I started I was doing the Couch to 5K program, so I would think about how much longer I had until I got to walk again. I would get down on the fact that I'd only gone a couple of miles. The list of thoughts I had was endless.
Then one day, one of my running buddies said, "Think about what you're doing instead of what you're not."
Simple, but it pierced right through me.
I changed my thinking.
- "Yeah, it's only a half a mile, but that's half a mile I don't have to run!"
- "I earned 9 activity points! They'll knock off some flex points I used yesterday!"
- " This 3 and a half miles counts towards my long term goal!"
- "I am running 8 miles for the first time ever today!"
- "I ran a half-marathon today!"
Those runs were some of my best days. It's all because I turned my thinking into positive and I didn't let anyone take it from me.
It's how I made my peace with running.
Happy Sunday and Happy Running!