Be a reflection of what you would like to receive.
I want to receive a healthier mind; therefore, I must mirror healthier actions.
This morning I saw myself running no less than 6 miles. Guess what? I ran farther than 6. I ran 8.81 miles with nikeplusrunning tracking my every step. Running is my therapy. My mind gets uncluttered and my creative juices start to flow as the wind hit my face and the sweat start to pour.
Don’t get it twisted, the first 1 ½ half mile was a beast. My legs felt heavy and I felt awkward. I felt like turning around and going back home. Yet, I did not stop. I did not turn around. I kept going because I have been doing this long enough to know that those feelings were normal and they were going to pass.
I reflected on how I normally feel when I complete my runs. I challenged myself to go one more mile, then one more mile, then another mile. I noticed that my legs started to feel lighter. My balance was right on time. This happened because I followed my basic rules of running: chest and shoulders up, back straight, stomach in, elbows to my sides, arms swung back and forth while I kept my elbows close to my waist. My body was relaxed and my palms were open and facing inward. I imagined my body image to make sure I was following these rules. I looked at my reflection as I passed glass windows to make sure that my body was upright. I landed on the balls of my feet every step.
Oh yes, there is an art to my runs. I don’t play around.
So when it is all said and done, I was a reflection of what I wanted to receive this morning: a healthy complete run.