December 3, 2023
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Running: It’s All in Your Mind

Yes running requires physical exertion.  Early morning, at lunch or in the evening…running takes a conscious choice to get out and get at it.  But the mental challenge to get started in the first place then keep running when the aches settle in…well, that’s all in our minds!  These spoke to me recently…especially the last one…


“That’s the funny thing about running. The deceptive thing about it. It may seem mindless, but it’s really largely mental. If the mind’s not strong, the body acts weak, even if it’s not. If the mind says it’s too cold or too rainy or too windy to run, the body will be more than happy to agree. If the mind says it would be better to rest or recover or cut practice, the body will be glad to oblige.”  Wendelin Van Draanen, The Running Dream


“Anybody can become a runner if they really want to. If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. That’s all I did. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you could do it. It doesn’t matter how old you are. I’m living proof of that.”  Priscilla Welch, who won the 1987 New York City Marathon at age 42.


“Running is the best therapy I’ve ever had. We burn, we push, we sweat, we suffocate and we see that we are stronger and more refined for our pain. The awareness of this strength gives us the confidence we need to go home, shower, and face the rest of our day, our week, our year.”  Kristin Armstrong, Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run.

Until next time…

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