6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Mindset

7:08 AM- Facebook Status Update "the line between "want to" and "have to" is a little blurred this morning."

Not sure but today Marathon training feels like something I "have to do," instead of what I "want to do." NOT GOOD!!! I am hoping that driving down to the trail, seeing my friends, feeling the fresh air and the strength in my muscles will help.

Running really is about mindset...maybe my brain needs to warm up today as much as my creeky legs.. I believe it is possible to change how I think about things...off to finish my Peanut butter toast and run 14 miles..


HAVE A GREAT DAY!!

22 comments:

Amy said...

I hear you! That is my feeling more often than I would like to admitt... but afterwards I'm never sorry to have done it!

longlegsontheloose.com said...

very true Mel! thanks for the reminder!

simplyrunningonfaith said...

I completely agree! It has been enjoyable to go day to day deciding whether to do a run or not for the FUN of it! If only that feeling could translate during the midst of marathon training.

Kim (Book Worm Runs) said...

Definitely all mental!!! Good luck, I hope the run is awesome!! :)

Lisa said...

Hope you can shift your mindset t the WANT TO space. :-)

Kristin @NyceLife said...

Maybe if you get to the "wanting to have to" point ;) That or the good old "you have to want it"!

J said...

Hope the run went well! Some days I definitely feel like that. Its a tough balance. Hopefully the run will be good and get you back to wanting to run!

LookingUpAgain said...

Yup. The mental battle is almost harder than the physical battle.

PS....just bought a pair of Smartwool socks! Thanks for the review on them the other day. I'm loving how warm they feel :) PS...I had to buy a kid's size lage because my feet are sooo small :)

Blessed Mommy said...

So on the same page! Trying to get my mental back in it after a long break. It is hard.

Chad said...

I'm sure you will feel so much better once you are out there. Good luck!

Zoƫ said...

Sometimes, it's ok to hate running. :)
Because running will always love you.

Stacey said...

It is about mindset! About a year ago, my attitude about the run I was getting ready for was very poor...I bent over to put on my tights and my back went out...coincidence? Nope! The mind is very powerful.

Hope you had a great run!

Leah @ Chasing Atalanta said...

Ah, the power of thought. If nothing else, having to take seven weeks off has rebooted my mindset. Now that I'm back running, the "have to" feelings are long gone and I'm firmly in "want to" territory. Almost absurdly so, as I anxiously await each run. I wonder how long those feelings will last?

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

I'm laughing at Zoe's comment! Hope your run was fabulous and an all around great time with friends! I'm sure they will pick you up as you have pick them up bvefore! That's what's so awesome about running buddies! I would love to join you for a run and wished I lived a little closer!

Tricia said...

Hope you found your "want to" and enjoyed your run :)

Cynthia O'H said...

I plan my runs so that there is something different and exciting about all of them - the rush out the door at lunch time, the Wednesday night push with my buddy, the long run on the weekend. On the days when I have nothing "special" to gear up for, I have the hardest time getting out. Mindset...

Kberry said...

That is so true! It is all about our mindset and all too often when it comes to a long run I find myself in the "have to" category! BUT it does definitely help getting out there and being with friends bc "have to" quickly" changes to "want to!"

Heather -Momma Running Amok said...

I feel the same way some times...Luckily a lot of the time those runs you don't want to do end up being the ones that feel the best and go the best....and very rewarding when you finish. Hope it went well!

Colleen said...

Been there! Hope the run went well!

carol-ann said...

I completely agree, running is mostly a mental sport, just have to put your mind in the right place and your body normally follows.
So glad that you got out there and ran those 14 miles with me. :D

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Marlene said...

This reminds me of a great quote I heard on The Biggest Loser from last week's episode: "Once you change your mind, you can change anything."