Battle of the Mind: It’s a Marathon not a Sprint

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Well technically it’s a half marathon…

So to find myself on the floor with a potential ankle fracture one week before the race, was far more than I’d bargained for.

RUNNING GIRL


A little bit of context and… practice?

If you told me 2 months ago that I would sign up for a half marathon, I would have laughed OUT LOUD.

But thanks to one of my team members, I’m currently suppose to run one this Sunday. Yep, this decision was made 6 weeks ago. At that time it really seemed like a great idea , we were all super motivated, ready to practice every week after work, ordered some printed t-shirts and started a donation page for a charity…

This basically ended up with me running twice, 6 and 9k… Great effort 😉 But anyway last week, I was thinking :

it will be fine, we can walk if it’s too hard, there will be lots of people in the same situation, food and drink on the side of the road… NO PROBLEM!”

That’s when my friend Soph asked me if I wanted to practice a long run exactly 1 week before the race… Again seemed like a great idea to me! So I am there struggling to run next to 2 good runners for 15km!!!! I’m just going to say it again in case you haven’t read it right: I RAN 15km!

It is the longest run I have done, it was a great time, however my ankle isn’t so thankful and a few hours after I literally could not put my left foot down because of a very intense pain.

So here I am, one week before the half marathon, hopping on one leg… and drinking white wine.

 


Injuries and mindset

 

I’m not used to being injured, I’m always very careful when I train.

But right now the pain is really intense, I’m not going to lie, but I’m still going to the gym in the morning because my boyfriend drives me to work. Anyway,  I got to the gym on Monday morning and that’s when my mood started to swing. I can’t lift anything, I can’t do a HIIT session, I can’t jump rope… so I stretched for one hour… and continued this on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and also this morning.

I have to admit those mornings weren’t the best for my bf. My mood started to swing, from madness, to sadness, to stress… Yep that’s how my body reacts when I don’t train properly!

Then after those mood swings, I started to doubt myself, I would clearly decide to not go to my work party on Friday because all of the sudden, I think I’m fat, I’ve not shaved and I hate my hair. ROLLERCOASTER ! My mind is so negative at the moment, so much that I can’t even think about one positive thing about myself.

 


Liberate myself from the negativity

happy, smily girl

 

 

I know this is easy to write on paper but very hard to accomplish. However it’s very important to try to liberate yourself from this upsetting period. For this you need practice, good network and rest!

  • Listeners friends are good but, adviser friends are better

Yes, those friends that would tell you exactly what’s going on and how shit you are acting! LISTEN TO THEM! They know everything! My boyfriend is great for giving constructive arguments and advise. It helps me reflect on everything I do and think. Sometimes, I would react defensively for a few minutes and then let it go.

  • Try to see past that moment of doubt

Those feelings are very short-lived, but it’s you and only you that will decide to snap out of the stage. Try to think about future plans you have, goals that you’ve reached lately at work or at the gym. Positivity is the key!

  • Do not let yourself fall into junk food cravings

Completely stay out of this, it might make you feel good for a second but when you are back to normal you are going to regret those 2 mins of pleasure! So no you aren’t going to Starbucks for breakfast! What you can do though is buy some blueberries which are full of antioxidants and help relax you!

  • Get some Vitamins into your system

There are few supplements that you can take to help when you feel down! So grab some Vitamin D, B12 and Omega 3. A quick cocktail of those in the morning should boost you big time!

  • Last point but not least…. REST

I’m down, I’m injured and I’m tired… WOW what are great trio! It’s like hitting the jackpot! If there is one thing you can adjust is to go to bed early. So grab some 5-HTP tabs, ditch your phone and go lay down!

And if you are hurt like me don’t try to sneak to the squat rack and go enjoy some yoga classes instead!

 


Back on track!

 

At the end of the day, it’s okay not to be okay. We all have up and down, it’s just important to realize how much our mindset can affect people around us. Try to think about what people around you might think, especially your boss or your team.

This morning I woke up feeling great, and I can tell you that my injury didn’t stop me from successfully practicing my handstand or my split 😉

You might wonder : “What about the race?” … well I still wonder too, but my hopes are high!

 

Enjoy & Smile

Camille

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2 Comments

  1. October 13, 2017 / 10:47 am

    Hope you will heal soon enough – I think it’s real admirable :)

  2. October 13, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    Oh wow!! I always try to stay negative when things go pear shaped and I’ve had to battle my way through a fair share of injuries but you’re right. Your mind is so powerful! I wish you a speedy recovery and do look forward to hearing how you get on in the half.. if you do it of course!? Good luck!

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