I need to learn to self talk as if I was talking to a friend.
Monday, May 21, 2012
On Saturday I set out for my first solo 17 mile run. (I am training for a full marathon) The first 8 miles were great; I stopped to stretch my right calf since it was getting a little cranky. Then I headed out to finish the last 9. At my 12.5 I came to a sudden halt. My right calf muscle tighten up so bad it took all my power not to scream. I started to rub it and stretch and it would not give. So I decided it would be best for me to call my DH, as I do not want to injury myself. So DH picked me up and took me home where I immediately put my leg into an ice bath. All day long it ached and I had a hard time walking on it. Lots of ibuprofen was taken along with compression and more ice. Later that evening and told myself that I had failed. I only ran 12.5 of the scheduled 17 miles. And I was feeling really bummed that I had failed.
Then yesterday I met up with some awesome running buddies to cheer on our other running buddies that were running the Portland Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon. Rose asked me how my 17 miler went… I said I ONLY did 12.5, because I.. She stopped me and said “Did you just hear yourself? ONLY 12.5, 12.5 is great. You stopped because your body needed you to not because you chose to quit.” I stopped and thought about it and that is exactly what I would have said to any of my friends.
I need to learn to talk to myself as I would a friend. I would NEVER tell anyone the failed because the stopped. I need to remember this conversation.