Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Power of Negative Self Talk

For years now, anytime I talk about running, I tell people that I don't really like to run, and even if I did, I'm really slow.

As you can probably guess, both of those statements are 100% true.

They're also 100% dumb.

It's almost a self-fulfilling prophesy. Because I tell myself that I'm slow and I don't like to run, during those times when I have to run, invariably, I'm usually not very happy about it ... and it takes longer than I wish it did.

The sad part is, I know that running is good for me. And I also know plenty of people who do like to run. This really is a case of "maybe it's just me".

So I got to thinking ...

What if I could simply "trick" my brain into thinking that I DO Like running .. and that I CAN be faster ???

I do have some precedence for this. With some of my other workouts, particularly the Cross-fit that we sometimes do at morning PT, I've gone from something I used to hate, to something I very much look forward to. Not because anything about the workout changed ... but because my mindset about it did.

lol, this mindset change is going to be hard (for me) when it comes to running though.

I was just about to end this post with the thought: "I doubt I'll ever run a marathon or anything .."

More honestly, I'm not ready to commit to the idea that I may run a marathon one day. But I will find a way that I can get to the point where I look forward to a good run ... and where I'm going fast enough that people walking can't easily keep up. ;-)

Keep havin FuN!
[todd-sig]

3 comments:

  1. Todd,

    When I was in high school, a friend and I were the fastest runners in high school. We were always called on to participate in all the running functions. I loved to run.....good exercise and loved to show all the others up, lol.

    I am still a pretty fast runner but don't participate in some of the charity funds to help St. Jude, Cancer Society and other things to make money for the charity funds. As we get older and have jobs, home businesses to do, we just don't have the timet o do this.

    Get out and run a little each day and get it in your blood :). You will see how much better you feel since it's a great exercise.

    Run and have Fun!!!!

    Cille

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  2. Thanks Cille! Yes, it's not always easy to find the time to do the things we need to do ... but sometimes we have to decide that something needs to be done. :-)

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  3. Welcome Todd! You are right on your comments. We have to decide what's the most important things in life that need to get done first and just do them. The the other less important things can be secondary for us. :)

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