Friday, September 17, 2010

Kickin' Negative Nancy to the Curb

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: A positive attitude goes a long way.  When I realized I was injured a few days ago I immediately turned into Negative Nancy.  I was dwelling on the fact that I might not be able to run the Malibu Marathon and I couldn’t stop thinking about the progress I had made that would be lost. I had been feeling fantastic.  My long run pace was great, I was loving the long runs and I felt strong.  Now what?  I might as well say "bye-bye" to all my fitness gains as I sit on my butt “resting” this stupid injury.  Boo-hoo, poor me.

I decided to turn it around.  I stopped thinking about the race and the fitness I was losing. Instead I turned my thoughts to what I can do.  My yoga practice always plays second fiddle to running.  I find great pleasure and peace in my practice and I thought this might be a great time to fully commit to spending more time on the mat.  I also haven’t been cycling in the last several months because running has consumed me.  If this injury persists I might be able to master some difficult poses and have some exciting adventures on the bike.   There is an upside to everything.  It is also pretty easy to see how petty a sports injury is when other people are suffering from far worse things around you.  Life is not that bad.

With this new outlook I have been healing.

Initially my pain was getting more severe with each day.  Rest alone wasn’t helping, but once I mentally shifted to positivity I began making strides.  I stopped wallowing and pulled out my mat.  With restorative yoga and time on the bike I feel significantly better.  I am going to kill this injury with kindness :)

Trust me folks, there is power in positive thinking.