Monthly Archives: March 2019

Matras

 

I am a big believer in talking to yourself like a weirdo. What you say to yourself has a huge impact on how you go about the world, and if you can think and say good stuff, it usually clicks in with your brain and becomes a belief, new habit or just true. Which is pretty cool! Example, if you go around saying “I love running” after a while, you’ll love running. Go try it and let me know how it goes. 
 
  I also get a giggle when people re-iterate phrases I blurt out and they tell me that it really helps them and I think, “I said that? That’s good!” Here are a few of my favorites that hopefully will help you when you are in need of a little mental buttslap. 

1. You’ll be fine. Yes, yes you will. You can do these things and you will be fine. 

2. What’s the worse that can happen? I have to constantly tell myself this when I am scared and taking a big leap of creativity, endurance or having to have a hard conversation. I’ll hear that itty bitty shitty committee of fear raise up in my head and I’ll say aloud, “What is the worse that can happen?” And that usually does the trick. Unless it’s death or harm to my family, I do it. 

3. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. Let’s face it, sometimes it’s not all rainbows and unicorns and stuff sucks. But that’s when I tell myself that this discomfort will lead to good things, it makes it easier, and that’s where there is growth. I also know it won’t last forever. 

4. I am grateful. This is a gamechanger for me, and it usually follows #3. I am so lucky to do what I do, with the people I admire, and with this strong body. I am so so grateful for that. 

5. Just show up or Just start. Confession. I have a pet peeve: People who say the will do something, and then they don’t show up. It’s confusing, rude and my little 8th-grade heart gets hurt cause no one showed up to my slumber party. But that’s a whole other issue. Just show up people. Just show up and start and it will happen. 
 

P.S. A new episode is up called “The Runners” on 
“Why We Run” 
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Change Out Your Tape Of Excuses

I was talking to my friend Jess yesterday, who is also a coach and we were chuckling at all the excuses that we heard. (and know that I have said all those same excuses to myself!) And I mentioned that it’s not an excuse, it’s a broken tape that’s in your head that may be in need of changing.

Example:                 Change to:  
Too tired                   Running will help me get better sleep
Too stressed             Running will help me be more in my body than my head
Kids need me          I’ll check with other half or caretaker/neighbor/friend for help
Feeling sick              I’ll come out and see how I do. (unless you are contagious)
Hungover                  Fresh air will do me some good
Haven’t run all week  I’m well rested to run
It’s too cold               I have layers to dress in

It takes a few passes to retrain your head, but you’ll that excuse tape will start being a little softer each time. Promise.