I had an opportunity yesterday to go for a run and let me tell you, with a cracked rib and carrying an extra few baby pounds, it started out kind of rough.
When I wasn’t pregnant, it would take me about 5 minutes to warm up but today it took me almost 11 minutes or at least a mile.
I don’t know how your warm-ups go but for me it can be the difference between just calling it a day and pushing through. I just felt heavy and like I was laboring more than normal. It finally got a little better about mile 2 but I was just feeling bitter and a little upset that I wasn’t finding my groove.
I felt like I could feel every extra pound fighting me every step of the way. Taunting me…”you wanna run, Katie? Sure but it’s gonna cost you a little extra energy.”
About the 2 1/2 mile mark, I started thinking about all the great posts I’ve read this week and thought about MizFit’s Self Deception post on Monday. You should definitely go read it!
Somewhere on the run, these two concepts collided and I started trying to convince myself that I was not pregnant, not carrying extra weight..I visualized myself floating along and I think it worked a little. I made it through the last mile and a half feeling a little better than I thought.
I love running. I know it’s going to get tougher and tougher as the weeks go on if not for the pounds but for the weather changing to fall/winter. Pregnant running is just another battle of the wills. If you can do it, you’ll be stronger in the end but the reward won’t come easy. I think I’ll be using Self Deception alot over the coming months to help me get by.
What do you do to help you get through a challenge? Have you ever used harnessed the power of Self Deception for good?