As I was enjoying my donut and coffee this morning, I was already starting to feel excitement/nervousness in my belly over the thought of running 9 miles tomorrow. What I love about running is you only need the ground and your feet! There are no expensive club fees or equipment, and it's a sport you can start right away unlike swimming which requires a set of skills before you can jump in the deep end. There are no excuses. There's no validity to me saying, "I can't afford this activity" or "I'm too short/old/inexperienced to do this" because the fact is I have all the tools to do this marathon. I just need to get past my own brain blockers.
Sometimes when I run I get so tense that I can feel my shoulders rising up to my ears or my jaw clenching and I remind myself to be in the moment of the run. Stop thinking. Just run. Forget the GPS and the next power song, and look around at the beautiful scenery and appreciate that I have the physical ability to run. I want to get the most out of this time running...it's time that takes me away from my family and friends so it's important that I come home feeling refreshed and not more tense than when I left.
These are the three things I'll try before, during, and after my long run tomorrow to keep my head in the right place:
1.) Before -- My hubs recently turned me on to Box breathing, an intentional deep breathing technique used by Navy SEALS.
2.) During -- Dial my brain in to the finish line. I watched this Tedx talk about how visualization can play a big part in how motivated we are to reach our goals.
3.) After -- Yoga poses. Whatever feels good - no plan, no video or phone app - just hitting all the muscle groups that need stretching and not caring if my kids crawl all over me in the process.
It's so nice to have everyone home again. The house looks like a tornado of clothes and toys went through it already. I kept the flowers alive this week! 👯