Tuesday, June 29, 2010


...By George S. Paton, a 1912 Olympian:

Now if you are going to win the battle, you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up.

I gotta stop listening to my body.....

Ran 8 miles with a heavy backpack ( practicing for that 50K in October when I will possibly have to depend on myself for supplies) in mid afternoon with the sun beating down. Normally the body would convince the mind to take some walk breaks on a hot day like this which I cannot usually resist because of certain slacker tendencies. It plays out inside my head something like this..."sh...t is it ever hot out and I'm not entirely comfortable so lets walk for a bit".It usually goes down hill from there. Sad that this is all it takes but there you have it. Today however, I was going to practice with my mind being in charge for a change using the above quote for inspiration. It had to fool the body into making little finish lines at which point I would say, "CONGRATULATIONS! You just ran to the next fire hydrant". I did this all the way home. I was drenched in sweat and felt great that my mind won this run ( no walk breaks), but then had to spend the next half hour in the bathroom. Guess that was a little body revenge. Felt better after eating an orange.

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