Yes, it would be a bit of a physical challenge since I hadn't been properly training, but that actually wasn't as big a deal as I thought once I got going. I mean, aside from the heart issues that I'd been experiencing (I'll know more on Friday), I am super healthy and in pretty darn good shape. So, despite not having run several miles for several months, the running wasn't the real challenge.
The mind was.
(Side note: the whole "for the first time in my life" piece may not be 100% true. When I'm running hills with the kids for See-Us Run Des Moines, I tell the girls over and over and over that our butts are going to look so good. Hey, whatever helps, right?)
Many people think that mantras are a religious thing, or perhaps that they only belong in a yoga studio in the fitness world. However, that is absolutely not true. Mantras can be so, so powerful (especially when they're more motivating -- or perhaps more serious -- than thinking about a good-looking butt).
Interestingly, I didn't remember the whole concept of mantras until it was nearly my turn to run. I knew that I was not going to be able to pull one out of thin air while I was huffing and puffing up a mile-long hill, so I turned to my tried and true source for all things inspirational: Pinterest.
Here's what I came up with:
And you know what?
I think the first one especially made the difference: I was still going to have to move my body 4.6 miles, whether or not I wanted to. Those 4.6 miles weren't going to go away. They would either take a really long time with me dawdling, or they could go by semi-quickly with me running them. Regardless, my body was going to have to do it.
The second one came into play and motivated me a whole bunch when people started passing me. I am not the fastest runner in the world, nor have I ever claimed to be. In fact, I'm certain that some of the mall walkers could beat me in a 5k. (Some of those people are fast, y'all!)
But, none of that matters in a race. I run for me, not to come in first, not to win a prize, not to beat so-and-so. I run for me. And therefore, the mantra is true: the only one who can beat me is me.
Now, when I talk again about dreading Dam to Dam, remind me of the effectiveness of mantras. :)
What are your running mantras? How do you just keep going when you really don't want to?