Running on Optimism


It’s been 10 days since I’ve been cleared to start running again, and I’m going to confess, I’m having a hard time getting back into the routine. I’ve run exactly four times since then. I’m allowed to do easy, low mileage, but I just haven’t been able to make myself really want to do it. Until this morning.

As my run started, I really felt like I was just going through the motions, just putting the miles in so it was over with for today. But something happened in my mind about a mile in. I started thinking through my recovery plan and how I can get back on track by phasing in percentages of my training volume as my knee starts to feel better and better. I still may not make it to the point that I’m ready for my 40 miler in November, but as long as I can keep building, I’m going to try.

And, as all of these thoughts were running through my head, I realized that I barely even felt pain in my knee. I walked some when I got tired, but I got out there, and I enjoyed myself.

It’s kind of amazing what positive thinking can do…


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3 thoughts on “Running on Optimism

  1. Femme Fitale Fit Club

    If you win the mental battle you have WON! At least that is what our coaches tells us constantly. Many times it is our thinking that needs to change because our body will go where our mind takes it. Great job out there and getting back to it. I had to deal w/ a small injury but got back out there and now, no problems with that pesky left knee.


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