Friday, July 17, 2009
Some of you may know that I am a member of the Couch to 5K team. I started it as soon as the weather warmed up, probably early May. It is a nine week course so in actuality, I should be done. Well, you know how things go. I hurt my back. No problem. My back got better so I went out running. It was awful and I couldn't catch my breath and my heart was racing. I thought I was having a heart attack! My doctor said I have Exercise Induced Asthma. So now I use my inhaler before I go on my run. But the fact that I was having health issues all of a sudden was constantly in the back of my mind. It was causing me to have doubts about my ability to finish something I wanted so badly! When it was my day to run, I would wake up with all kinds of anxiety. Today was W5D3, which means, my first 20 minute run. I kept saying to myself once I started the run that it didn't make a difference if I couldn't do it. I kept giving myself every excuse NOT to. It wasn't my body that was in the way, it was my MIND. My mind was sabotaging my dream! Then it hit me! Why COULDN'T I do this? Life had thrown all those obstacles in my way, but I kept on trying. It's a lot like life. You have a goal, and stuff happens to lead you off track. But you have to know that you can get past those things to get to the finish. I kept saying, You can do this, you can do this. And guess what? I DID!!!! I was so happy, I cried! Don't let your mind talk you out of what you want to achieve in life, whether it's running or losing weight or just taking that first step out the door. Your mind WILL thank you in the end!