I never ask myself how I’m feeling when I am running up a hill. My answer is never positive. And worse – listening to my answer creates an opening for more negative thoughts and almost always spirals right down into ” I don’t think I can do this – maybe I should quit.” It’s so much harder to run up a hill when I’m telling myself I can’t do it.
Running up hills, like the one on Green Street in Ashland’s Half Marathon, is just hard. The energy requirement creates enormous physical stress on the body. This physical stress triggers our hormones and becomes mental stress or a negative perspective. The fact is that the hill will always be easier to climb if you tell yourself that you can do it. (think little engine that could – “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”) The second fact is that there will always be hills – so it’s best to have a strategy before you are halfway up and thinking about quitting.
Here’s some good news. If you happen to find yourself without a strategy tomorrow, while running up Green Street – we have added affirmations on the course for you. So one step at a time – you can conquer the Green Street Monster. If you find yourself running next to a woman dressed as a fairy muttering “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” – say hi. That’s me!
Good luck tomorrow to all the runners!