Now if you’re going to win any 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. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.
-George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian
My friend Rachel Runs-alot taught me this quote when I was learning how to run long distances. By long distances, I mean further than around the block. I used to start out too quick, get winded, get panicked that I couldn’t/wouldn’t make it, and then lo and behold – self fulfilling prophecy, I’d fail.
She reminded me that it’s the mind that gives out first. My legs are strong and will do what I ask of them. She said start slow (6 mph) and run for 30 minutes. Play math games with the numbers (5 minutes down, I’m 1/6 of the way there, etc.) and tell myself that “I can do anything for a half an hour.”
I’ll tell you what – I did it. Panting, out of breath, soaked with sweat – but triumphant nonetheless. I had run three miles in 30 minutes for the very first time. I felt like a world champ athlete!
I had made the mind run the body. It’s a great lesson.
Quote of the Day 3/26/14
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