Anyway. This crap in my head has interfered big time with my training. You know; you've read the posts. I've done what I could to counteract the negativity in my life: I've set mini-goals in running, I've done some speed and hill work, I've eaten healthily, I've done the strength training and yoga. These past two weeks I considered getting some outside help, so I saw two different holistic health practitioners.
The first session I had was reflexology, and I got it through Groupon. Lately, many therapists have used the term to simply mean "foot massage," and while I LOVE a good foot massage, that isn't really what reflexology is supposed to be.
|This is a typical "foot map" for a reflexology session.|
The next week I went to a tuning fork and color therapist.
This therapist also told me that my heart chakra is blocked. She gave me six different pairs of colored glasses to wear (since then I have learned that many practitioners use colored silks instead of glasses), and she waved tuning forks over me. I had rushed to this session after work, and I was exhausted, so I kept nodding off and then jerking myself awake because I was in a sitting position. The therapist told me that she had three images that came from me during the session, and she looked them up in a book, briefly explained each one, and said she would send me more information by email. I didn't really feel relaxed or positive after this session (lack of sleep, antibiotics, still recovering from throat infection), and I never did receive that email.
Since then, the antibiotics are out of my system, I am no longer nursing a sick child, and the weather has cooled down in the mornings, making my runs a bit more pleasant. I noticed that on Friday I finally had a run where I felt I could have continued beyond four miles without wanting to die. My pace has quickened, but I'm definitely not where I used to be. Today I ran ten miles with Mandy and Shelby, and I had a great time while running at an average pace of 10:20 without really struggling.
So, did anything work? The answer is. . . I don't know. There are so many factors involved here that it is difficult to pinpoint one thing that is helping me.
Here is one thing I know: Visualization techniques are key to success for me. When I have a goal, I visualize the achievement of that goal. The reflexology session involved a lot of visualization combined with affirmations, and I liked that. Sometimes it's good to sharpen your focus when you are going after a goal or dream.
I have some time until the Akron Half Marathon. Next week is the Blue Line Practice Run, and I plan to enjoy it. Then I will have three weeks until the race. I know that last year at this time I was not feeling very positive about my chances of hitting a sub-2 half, and I came VERY CLOSE, so really, anything can happen at this point. I have some supportive friends, and I am in good health. This could be a great race!
How do you feel about your next race? Do you have a time goal?
Until next week, run happy, Peeps!
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