Is it just me, or do you also have “Turning the Beat Around” stuck in your head now? #sorrynotsorry
We all have runs that are harder than they should be — simply because we allow all those negative voices in our head free reign. What if you could turn that voice around?
I’m linking up with My First 5K and More, Running With Attitude, Runs with Pugs, Zenaida and Run Laugh Eat Pie for Fit Five Friday. Today I am sharing a simple technique: reframing. Reframing is simply taking a negative thought and turning it into a positive thought.
Of course, it doesn’t always feel so simple!
Thought #1: Why does this feel so hard?
- This run is making me stronger
- I can do hard things
- I choose this run to help me grow stronger
- Running is a privelege
Thought #2: I hate hills!
- I conquer this hill
- I move closer to the top with every step
- I fly down this hill
- Hills make me stronger
Thought #3: I’m walking already?
- Walking helps me stay strong
- I respect my body
- I listen to my body
- Walking keeps fatigue away
Thought #4: Why am I so slow?
- I run to my full potential
- Forward is a pace
- I run the perfect pace for me
- I run to feel at peace with the world
Thought #5: I hate the heat/cold/wind/rain
- I choose to run in any type of weather
- Running in all sorts of weather makes me a stronger runner
- I grow stronger with every run
- Rain brings rainbows
Thoughts. That’s the key word! A thought can always be changed. When we think the same thought over and over again, we actually create grooves in our brain. The good news is that we can use a new thought to overwrite those grooves!
What thoughts do you need to reframe?
Do you have a different way to reframe one of these thoughts?
Are you positive or negative on the run, or does it vary run to run — even start to finish?