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Runners’ Mantra : Mind Over Matter

by Happy Feet - Gee Ess

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There is no such thing as bad weather only soft people. 

And you, the committed runner, are not soft. You will be out pounding the asphalt day after day. No impact of the cold, the call of the warm blanket or your family, friends, boss, etc,etc cribbing…….about weekends being spoilt by your running passion. You just smile and carry on because you are #madaboutrunning and you are victorious in the battle of mind over matter everyday…or should we say mind over mattress !!!!!

Mind over mattress ! No, it is not just about beating the early morning blues. It is a philosophy…a way of life.

It Begins. 

It begins when you make an iron-clad commitment to fitness. It starts when you say no to late night Saturday parties or functions because you a have long run the next day. When you refuse the extra helping of dessert or the last drink for the road from your closest buddy. When you refuse to see the late night show with your better half (trust me – he or she IS JEALOUS of your love for running). The battle-drill starts when you shut-down the household early, set your running gear in order and set your alarm for 5 AM.

It Happens.

It happens when you refuse to hit the snooze button on your alarm clock at 5 AM. Your mind shuts out the devil who is shouting : it is too early,,,,just five more minutes, it is too hot, it is too cold. Your body, still stiff and tired, tries to defy you…..but you COMMAND it to move ! You WILL yourself to overcome ‘common sense’, ‘the comfortable’ and ‘the logical’. It begins when you tie your shoelaces and head out of the door before the sun rises. There is no looking back now. It happens when you wave a ‘Hi’ to your running buddies and start your pre-run warm-up. It happens when you take your first reluctant and slow steps till it becomes a rhythm. Till it becomes a symphony of breaths and the sound of your steps.

It Delivers.

It delivers when you get the runners high and finish your run feeling on cloud nine. A sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, a personal victory…..while the world still sleeps. An affirmation that you are made of STEEL and can overcome anything to achieve your goal. The banter and the post run chatter only adds to sense of well-being.

This is just one runner day.

The thing is, you will be faced with endless conflicts with yourself – fears, doubts, insecurities, responsibilities, duties, commitments. All trying to put a full-stop to your dream of running a successful half-marathon. The chorus becomes louder in the middle of the training program – half-way through but still some time for the big day. Sooooo easy to give in ! But remember you made a commitment. A commitment which cannot be faked. It needs a plan, sweat and perseverance. All your detractors are secretly jealous of you….because they know that your goal is big and they themselves are not up to it.

Are you willing to give-in to your insecurities ? Is this the limit of your determination ? The nay sayers and nay doers are just waiting for you to fail.

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Winning in life or running a half marathon do not happen by luck or accident. Mind over matter or mattress is a choice – a choice to believe, “I will be better every day. I can and will strive to be faster, higher, stronger every day !”

The time is now. Make that choice – You have it in you to go the distance, to beat your fears and smack the nay-sayers in their face by action. GO RUN !

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”


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Natasha October 13, 2016 - 4:42 am

Wow! Loved it. Resonates big time and is tempting me to tie up those laces and pound the road again. It’s been 4-1/2 months.
Love your style of writing Tan. This is the first article written by you that I just read.
Glorious and straight from the heart.
Keep writing, keep inspiring.
Happy feet!

Sundreysh October 13, 2016 - 7:09 am

very well written Wellthyfit, Mind over matter or Mattress … very the nice, Continue writing and inspiring, Cheers

Savvy October 14, 2016 - 7:51 am

So very well touched the sore cord that most of us runners find hard to tune.Can totally relate to it .Nicely written

Hemant Sindhi October 14, 2016 - 10:21 am

Nicely written and something every runner goes through. There is another side to it and many runner friends often say that there is life beyond running.
I feel maintaining a balance is the key… I have gone out for running at 4:30 AM in winters just to be back on time so that I do not mess up my family commitment. It works while training for a Half Marathon and leaves me thinking how people training for Full and Ultras manage it.

Aj Raina October 15, 2016 - 3:46 am

Very well written… Keep it up

sameer October 15, 2016 - 3:54 am

could totally relate to your thoughts, specially as late forties runner. keep writing and keep running to inspire people like us

Sanket Pande October 15, 2016 - 8:35 am

Kudos! Happy feet. Very motivating indeed! I am sure this would charge up some minds.

Ashish Sajwan December 13, 2016 - 3:21 pm

Well written. I like the first-hand feel that this article has. Keep running, keep inspiring !

Praveen Ashok January 13, 2017 - 4:41 pm

you make choices and these choices make you… always interesting to read Gee Ess

Nischint Katoch January 14, 2017 - 1:01 am

Very well written Gee Ess. KeepInspiring with your strong running.

vikram bhambhu January 14, 2017 - 4:16 am

I just follow my heart and the choices are never tough 🙂 There is no mind involved, it’s just the heart.

Anshu January 14, 2017 - 5:27 am

Heart touching.

Aradhana Bakshi January 14, 2017 - 12:26 pm

Fine piece of writing. Very motivating…. am sure ur as good a runner as a writer ,or vice versa !! Hope 2 c u achieve new milestones in 2017.
Happy running

Nikita Seth January 18, 2017 - 4:39 am

You just make some time for it somehow, and contrary to what you thought early morning, you still manage to do all that you planned for that day. So many pluses from that time given to exercise, sharper thoughts, sharper mind, better creativity, you are more at ease….no wonder it becomes habitual
Cheers to our happy feet, that give us so much more than a healthy body!

Bhupender Suhag July 18, 2020 - 7:00 am

Txs Gurbir Sir. V well pinned from a seasoned Runner like you. Just requesting if can post sometime in F Runner’s also.
Stay safe and healthy.


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