The Mental Game of Exercise
My friend Carrie is amazing. She works full time, has a toddler, her husband works as a stage hand (can you say crazy schedule?!), and she is training for a marathon. In Queens. Before she goes to work in the morning. See? She’s awesome. And she’s also blogging about it.
So when she asked me to run a 15K with her this summer, I thought, sure!
Then I immediately thought, who am I?And what have I said yes to?
So I’ve started running again and it feels good to be in a training regime…although I would use the word “training” lightly right now.
Sunday was the NYC Half Marathon and two of my friends (Carrie included) ran. I was so inspired that I went to the gym that night to see if I could run 2 miles. And I did!
I’m surprised by the strength of my body. But the hardest part of running for me is the mental game. I realized that I have developed the attention span of a toddler (wonder why? Oh, I have two at home) – always ready to jump into the next thing after about 5 minutes.
I’m trying to learn to be present at home and this same mental exercsise is carrying over into physical exercise as well. Right now, starting my training for this race is about the mental game of being present in the running and allowing myself to just, well, run.
I’m also holding my breath for spring so I can run outside…because running on a treadmill is pretty boring!
Whether you are a runner or a slow walker, what’s your biggest obstacle to physical exercise? Is it physical? Mental?