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A Lesson in Positive Self-Talk

Saturday, August 25, 2012


This week I decided to try running again and set a short term goal for myself to run a 5K. I would eventually like to run a marathon, but "first things first" as they say.

I found a really cool (and free) Podcast that helps train for a 5K. It uses incremental walk/run intervals taking 8 weeks to complete. It has great motivating music and a coach that chimes in every once in a while to motivate and talk you through each interval. Working at a minimum of 3 days a week using this system, I should be able to run a full 30 minutes without stopping. I completed 4 days of training this week.

I don't know if you have ever tried running before, but when I run, it takes a lot of "Self-talk" to get me through. It isn't easy when you first start out, so I mentally coached myself to complete each interval this week using the maximum resources, and making the best of my time. I wanted to make every step count.

For example, I learned using Spark-coach (gotta try it if you haven't already) about visualization. I visualized what my body might look like after completing this 5K training program and actually running a 5K. I visualized what my muscle tone may look like. How easy breathing up a flight of stairs will eventually be. I coached my body further by concentrating on holding my abdominal muscles in, keeping my buttocks tight, holding my shoulders back and really just keeping my posture and holding my head up high. I felt the energy it took to do these extra things and I really think it paid off. I lost three pounds and I already feel better about myself.

I do my training on a local High School track. They upgraded a few years ago, installing the rubberized track so it is easy on my joints and my body. Each morning toward the end of my training day, cheerleaders, track members, marching band, drill team, and other pep type groups arrived for practice. Upon arrival, they sat on the bleachers and waited for their teachers to arrive and do roll call. I immediately became very self-conscious because I am much older, have a much fuller figure, and not I'm not in top physical shape.......... yet! What are they thinking? Are they laughing at me or talking about me? Do they think I'm crazy?

Again, I had to coach myself. First, gave myself a pat on the back for getting out there at 7:00 in the morning and hey......I'm doing this! I reversed my thinking by telling myself that they agreed that it was a good thing I'm out there doing this. What does it matter anyway? This is not about them. It is about me, why I am making better choices and changing my life for the better. Better yet, I'm not the ones sitting on the bleachers, right?

What type of things run through your mind when you run or do any exercise for that matter? I hope you'll coach yourself with positive thoughts and aspirations and keep your head up. If you have to pat yourself on the back after every stride, pull-up, push-up crunch, or whatever; do it! It WILL help you get through. Think positive and tell yourself emoticon!

I hope to run a 5K on October 20 and I promise to keep you posted on my progress each week. Until then, I'll keep my emoticon shoes on and take it one step at a time.

Thanks for reading!


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  • WINNIE1978
    I'm glad the visualization is working for you!

    If I am having a good run... I'm not thinking about anything other than my breathing. It's the runs where my mind starts to wander that seem to be a struggle for me... then I don't focus on my breathing and I get out of breath too easy.
    2093 days ago
    Just a comfort for you, more than likely those students are not even paying attention to you. :) I was in band in high school and we had people on our track occasionally. More then likely they are still tired, thinking about class or something else.

    I love running. I want to be running again. I recently moved and not really a good place to run here.. Someday soon i hope! I did do several 5Ks :) Injury kind of slowed me down a couple years ago. So just watch yourself well, and warm up and stretch appropriately.

    Enjoy! :)
    2093 days ago
    You did well to get out at 7:00 and even better that you didn't let what other think determine what YOU do. I think you will make it to the 5K and be ready! emoticon emoticon
    2094 days ago
    That's great that you were able to "talk" yourself into continuing, and feeling like those "bleacher sitters" were on your side! Why not? More than likely they were all wrapped up in their own stuff, (they are teenagers, right? know many of those that are really concerned about what a stranger is doing? or more that are self-involved and self-focused?, I'm guessing the latter, like most people) as they should be. So do your thing, and that track sounds nice, I like that rubberized track material.
    2094 days ago
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