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Mind Over......Everything

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!
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    I know we don't seek the same source for our wisdom, but isn't it interesting how we both hit on the same one? With the unknown future before me with this situation of a possible cyst on my spine and not knowing what that will lead to, I was led to the same thought process you mention here as I read again the story of David and Goliath. You see, his victory was won first in the battlefield of the mind, as he was able to bring the height of the enemy before him down to size with the realization of the greatness of God that made him a giant in his own right, empowering him to stand against that 9.75 foot man and win the day. So as I face the possibility of my own challenge ahead, I stand in agreement with you, my friend. The battle is first won as we win the victory over the thoughts rolling around in the mind. emoticon emoticon
    3954 days ago
    Wow! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. I'm doing W5D2 later today and was getting nervous about the upcoming D3. Instead I find myself thinking "No fear, just keep your brain in check and keep moving those feet".

    I think this will be a piece of cake, with a whole lot of sweat on top!
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    3968 days ago
    Awesome blog!! My sister and I just finished Week 3 Day 2 yesterday and will do Day 3 tomorrow. So many times my brain is screaming at me to STOP!! But, everytime I keep going and am so glad at the end that I did!! Thanks for the great blog!
    3969 days ago
    I've seriously teared up during runs before. When you push your body and do what you though was impossible, it is exhilarating! I believe in the statistic that running is 25% physical and 75% mental. Keep up the great work!! You are a runner girl!
    3974 days ago
    U r SOOOO absolutely right! My mind too was my worst enemy; I kept thinking "There's NO WAY this 200 pound fat chick can run.. N.E.V.E.R.
    But after getting stuck at week 4 for almost a month I just pulled through and never looked back!
    I slowed my pace to just faster than walking and I could BOUNCE for an HOUR!
    YEAH for us!
    YEAH for YOU!
    I KNEW u could do it!
    3974 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/18/2009 10:17:53 AM
    You got the right of that...you can do it...you can do anything you set your mind to..even when your mind might think otherwise. The first step is the hardest!!!
    Congrats on taking those steps you needed to!!! Congrats on knocking aside those obstacles that were placed in the way!!!
    Keep up the great work you're doing!

    3975 days ago
    That is awesome! Although my obstacles were a bit different, it was still mind over matter for me too! I had a similar experience and cried around the 12 minute mark! I think what happens around this point is the realization that you are an OVERCOMER and this program is a tool in that realization. We CAN DO ANYTHING we set our minds too! You must be so proud of yourself~I am for you! emoticon
    3975 days ago
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