Mental victory

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Today I decided I was ready for a new challenge: I was gonna run fourteen kilometers to a farm where they serve coffee. I have run sixteen kilometers but never in one go: I always ran eight kilometers, had a coffee break and then ran home eight kilometers. So this was something new, I was gonna go where I had never gone before! So I felt kinda nervous.

And even though I can run the eight kilometers (five miles) to Westendorp, and their nice pancake restaurant where I always have my coffeebreak, quite well, I was now plagued by doubts and insecurities. Just the thought of having to run another six kilometers after Westendorp made my legs tremble with anticipated fatigue, and didn't I feel a cramp coming on?! And in my mind I heard Frank Sinatra singing: 'Yes there were times, I'm sure you knew, when I bit off more than I could chew!'

Then suddenly Frank was interrupted by the saying: 'You have nothing to fear but fear itself!' With sudden clarity I realised it wasn't my body giving me trouble running fourteen kilometers, it was my pesky mind! It kept whispering: 'Are you sure you can do this? It's awfully far! I don't think you can do this.' It's the same voice that keeps pestering me as a mom. Realizing this I said: 'Yeah I heard you! So now just shut up, because I cán do this! I'm doing it!'

So not only did I conquer fourtheen kilometers, I also conquered myself.

And my victory tasted sweet. Especially with the cup of coffee I had at the coffee farm.

5 comments

  1. Great run! Isn't the reward that much better when you have accomplished something you thought was going to rough?

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  2. You are SO right. The mind psychs us out. I think more than half or running is the mental/spiritual/emotional component. Good for you running the 14km.

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  3. You are definitely right about the mind thing. I have to give myself regular mental pep talks. Great job on your run!

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  4. Congrats on conquering 14K! It's a lot of fun to run farther than you've ever run before. Well... mostly after you've accomplished it, it feels great! : )

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  5. A Coffee Farm? That's FANTASTIC. Really. I need one of those around here. Or a Starbucks Farm. Or just a Starbucks.

    I hear ya on the mental thing - don't "they" say that running is something like 99% mental, and the other 1% is in your head?

    Really enjoying reading your posts - I love to run too :)

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