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I Earn My Body

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

When you feel yourself fading during a run, it's essential to quiet any internal negative talk. Many exercisers find that clearing the mind using a motivating word or phrase can help reconnect them to their workout. Each one of these motivational phrases offers something different, but each will inspire you in its own way.

1."Don't bail": If you tend to victimize yourself or make excuses as to why you should quit early, then this mantra is for you. Know that if you stay with it until the end, you'll feel empowered when you finish an exercise routine.

2."Inhale, exhale": Something as simple as focusing on your breath instead of the chatter in your mind can keep you exercising.

3."You're an exerciser": Reminding yourself what you're capable of achieving is half the battle. Feeling connected to your exercise (and knowing that you can handle everything that's coming up) will continue to keep you moving.

4."Just one foot in front of the other": Breaking down the motion and staying present with each and every step will help you stay focused on the task at hand.

5."Shut up and run!": When you feel yourself starting to give up or talking yourself out of hitting your goals, a little aggression can go a long way.

6."What would Jillian [Michaels] say?": If you're a fan of the trainers on The Biggest Loser, then you know that Jillian would tell you to keep going and push!

7."I earn my body": Beating yourself up does far more harm than good, and taking a kind, positive approach with yourself will keep you on your healthy journey. By holding yourself accountable for your choices, you put yourself in a position to succeed.
by Lizzie Fuhr ( revised 02/13/13 by me)
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    Excellent blog post. All are very good points.
    1859 days ago
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    1859 days ago
    I am a Chi Runner. We teach a number of focuses and encourage runners to learn each focus. I have fellow instructors who have been support runners on very long runs 100 mile Rim to Rim, for example. A support runner my not touch nor provide food or water to the runner, but often may coach after the mid point. A good friend did the last 30 miles with a student and during that time helped him to focus on elements of his Chi Running form.

    Also as a Chi Runnier I use the idea of Y'Chi (EEChi) which is focusing your energy from the eyes to a target down the road. Imagining your are being pulled toward that point by "Chi". I am also a night runner, so my targets must be rather close say 200 meters. Therefore I rarely run more than 200 meters. That is something anyone can do.

    I do then pick another point and immediately run another 150 to 250 meters. In several 12 month periods I completed more than 3000 km but I did it as a bunch of silly little 200 meter section (as Bug would say, "Easy Peezzee, kinda a Cheezee.")
    1859 days ago
    Thank you for posting this. I will use this on Friday when I have my next run!
    1859 days ago
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