Thursday, November 13, 2008

Take it on the Run

Taking a cue from Heather at HangryPants the other day, I decided to think about this whole hip thing differently. I am a worrier at heart – I swear, my parents said as a baby I had a definite “worried” look. When it comes to running injuries, my fingers always race to the keyboard to jump on Google to research my symptoms. I’m not kidding when I say that I’ve probably spent over 100 hours researching what the heck is wrong with me in the past 14 months. Shouldn't 100 hours qualify me for having completed an internship or certification of some type? Hmmm. Anyway, since the most recent doctor has given me a new prognosis, it’s (knock on wood!) feeling better. Not everyday, but I’d say about 75% of the time, I’m pain free!!

My company sponsors the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon every year, and yesterday when our Community Relations person asked me if I wanted a free entry for next year, I blurted out “yes!” before I could really think about it. It is 169 days from today, or a little less than 6 months away.

I’m going to approach the next 169 days in a positive way as I attempt to lace up my running shoes again. Yesterday morning, for example, I set my alarm for 5:45 a.m. and hopped out of bed (I was so excited!) to try and run. I walked/ran 2 miles, with NO PAIN while I was running! I’m hoping that thinking happy thoughts about this whole thing will benefit me in getting better. And if I end up not being able to run the Mini, that's okay, too. :-)

What about you? Have you ever gotten through something (injury, heartache, your heat being broken in your house 2 times in a month, etc.) because you were thinking optimistically? Do you agree that positive thinking has an effect on how you can heal?

Me, my dad, and some friends at the 2005 Mini


VeggieGirl said...

Ooooh yes, positive thinking is DEFINITELY key in overcoming obstacles and such - always good to get and STAY optimistic! :-)

HangryPants said...

My parents say that I was frowning when I came out! Stay positive and I'll try, too.

Erica said...

You can do it girl! I'm with veggiegirl and heather- keep with the positive attitude!

Sagan said...

YES optimism is a huge part of getting through life successfully! I'm also a pretty big worrier but have found that positivism is just fantastic. You can get through any day if you've got a smile on your face:)

Holly said...

I am going to definitely try! So far, so good.... :-) Thanks for the encouragement and happy thoughts!