Yesterday I went live on my Facebook page and I titled the video with "I hate running..."
Then I went running.
I've been called contradictory in my life. I've struggled to help people understand where this comes from.
You see, I might say I hate running, but it's not really the running I dislike so much. It's the pain in my body that is very real for me when I run. It's the winded feeling, my heart beating out of my chest, it's the slapping of pavement under my feet that I so protest. It's not the running, it's the sounds, the feelings, and the hurts of running that I so loathe.
I am part of a Ragnar Relay team who will be running in the Cascades this upcoming weekend. I was resistant to say yes to the challenge, because I told myself (and others!) that I hate running. But darn it, I DON'T hate running...
Let me explain. Running is a vehicle to get me into the woods, and I love that. I love the mossy covered trees, the birds singing all around me, the glimpses of blue through the treetops above me. I love the fresh mountain air. I love the quiet. I love the time to think. I love the beauty that is everywhere in the woods!
I love the views. I love the dirt. I love the colors.
As I'm approaching my race weekend, I have several thoughts swirling in my mind. Fear. Excitement. And even the thought of how much I loath running has snuck it's way in.
When I'm out running, I often listen to audiobooks. And not just any audiobook, but I specifically love to listen to the book You Are A Badass. I have listened to the book about 4 times already, and as I was listening yesterday, I realized that I'd been making a mistake in my running. I had been telling myself 'I hate running' and this was breeding fear and negativity in my mind. Not good. I decided to ditch the negative, and embrace the good.
I LOVE THE WOODS!!!!
I love the woods. This is my new mantra.
If I didn't run, I wouldn't have so much fun exploring the woods. I would go on shorter hikes, I would see less, and I would honestly get a little bored in the woods!
So through this mind exploration, I've come to admit that I do like running. I love what it does for me. It keeps me healthy, keeps me happy and helps me to explore this world in ways I love.
Sometimes we just need to reframe our thoughts. Do you have any negative thoughts running through your mind? How can you reframe them? I challenge you to pick something negative and to reframe it into something good. Then keep that positive message flowing through your head ALL day. I bet you will be more positive at the end of the day. Try it!
Let me know how it goes!