The Importance of Mindset

Yesterday my sister in law and I had a scheduled 5 mile long run. We’re training for a ten miler at the end of March, so it’s time we amp up the mileage. The time limit for the course is 150 minutes, or, 15 minute per mile for the entirety of the race. It may or may not sound difficult, but for me it’s a stretch to say the least.

I signed up for the race because it’s in honor of a man who passed of renal cancer, the same cancer that took my dad. There’s also a 5k, but I’m an all in or all out type of gal , so here we are. Now back to the run from yesterday.

It went something like this:

Mile 1: Fantastic!
Mile 2: Pretty good
Mile 3: God help me
Mile 4: Somebody kill me please
Mile 4.5: Is this happening??
Mile 4.75: It’s happening!
Mile 5: I made it!

By the 5k mark, I was spent. I. Was. Spent. First my legs felt it, then my spirit. The excitement I had going into our run quickly faded, and my mindset shifted from “I’m going to run 5 miles today!” to “I can’t run all of those 5 miles like this” which lead simply to “I can’t do this”. But do you wanna know the cool thing?

“Stop that right now” came right behind it.

I made a sweeping motion with my hand and positive thoughts replaced the negative ones. “I’m going to finish under my goal” and “I’m almost there, just keep going” filled my head and each step got a little easier.

I turned on my hype song (the 1971 classic Baba O’Riley by The Who), put my head up and finished.

Shifting our mindsets from “I can’t” to “I am” is a total game changer and it can be applied to any aspect of life, not just training for a race. It puts you in control of the outcome, not your surroundings. When you believe in yourself, half the battle is already won.

For me personally, I’m trying to work in a little positive talk in every day. I read on Facebook the other day to switch “I have to” to “I get to”. Instead of saying “I have to exercise”, I’m saying “I get to exercise”. Try it for yourself to feel how the tone of those statements change.

Mindset is everything, and changing it is the first step to succeeding in anything you want to do.

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