Thank you everyone for such a great response to my blog post yesterday! I had more views on my post yesterday than the day of the Boston Marathon. It was also a great thing to see another blogger pick up where I ended and write their own story about struggling with “The Voice”. Sarah wrote a really good post here (http://reallyarunner.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/why-blogging-is-brilliant/). Go read it when you get a chance.
Yesterday, as I lay on the Chiropractor table waiting for him to work on my hip, I thought more about combating that voice that talks so negatively to me during my runs. I realized that it actually begins before my run. Mainly on my speed workout or long run days. So I decided that I am going to begin thinking more positively about my running, especially on those days. I am beginning by just being thankful that I can run, let alone so many miles and in the Southern heat. I am thankful that I can go to a Chiropractor who can help me be able to run a 5K race and a 17 mile long run in the same weekend and still be able to walk. I am thankful for my continued weight loss and keeping those 100 lbs off. I am thankful that I am off all my prescriptions that I took for years. I am thankful I am off my CPAP. There are so many things that running has helped me with that I cannot even begin to list them here.
Running has changed my life. I went to the doctor the other day for my sinus infection and my heart rate was 56! That isn’t even one beat a second. That reminded me of something my father used to say to me. He said that his theory was everyones heart has a finite amount to beats for each life. So the slower he could get his heart to beat, the longer he would live. I don’t know if that is scientific or not, but it sounded good to me.
I am training for my marathon on September. It is hard and not every workout will be pleasant. However, I am going to work harder at being more positive and thankful to God for the fact I can run and I am really going to work at extinguishing that negative voice before and during my workouts.
Life is too short! I want to make the most of all the time I have to live. Running helps me do that!
I am thankful!