Mind Over Body, or Body Over Mind
I just got back from the longest run I've ever done. It's no distance that will blow anyone away. Yet, if you'd have told me six months ago (really even 6 weeks ago) that I'd be out there running 25 minutes without stopping I'd have thought you'd lost your mind. Because I've tried running before and never been very successful. Actually, in the past it has basically been a disaster.
I'm following the Couch to 5 K running plan. I've tried it before, and I couldn't figure out why it was going better this time. Maybe it's because I weigh 20 pounds less than when I tried before. Or perhaps, it's because I've been exercising somewhat regularly for the last few years. Maybe it's because I told people my plan this time. Or because several of my friends started the program at the same time as I did.
The fact of the matter is, with the exception of weeks one and two, it hasn't been easy. I repeated week six because I had a really hard time hitting the 25 minute mark on the last day. I might stick around on week seven for an extra week as well. Is that the secret to this working this time? In the past if I couldn't hit a milestone exactly on time, I would quit. This time, I figure if it takes me the rest of my life to run 5K without stopping, it's okay. I just want to do it. I'd rather get there and then set a new goal, but for now I am content.
It's been a case of sometimes having my mind overpower my body. I spent awhile wishing I could have Jillian Michaels come scream at motivate me, but since she's a little busy, I figured I'd have to do it myself. So I sometimes mentally, and sometimes audibly (yep, I'm the crazy lady talking to herself while out on a run at 6 am) that I can do it. "You've got this! Only 5 more minutes." I rely on my mind to cancel out any negative thoughts of pain, exhaustion, or being out of breath. Twice during my run today my body, with no signal from my mind tried to walk. The legs just started slowing down. My brain then told them to kick it back into gear and they did. I continue to be amazed at the power of the mind over the body.Continued on the next page