FightING!

Josh and I are in Nha Trang, Vietnam. I was scheduled for a 2.5 hour run for this A.M. I woke up early and was on the road by 7 AM, hoping to beat the heat. Fat chance. Within the first 30 minutes I was feeling horrible—hot, nauseous, defeated. I knew I needed to get my mind in a different place if I was going to complete the run. Within 10 minutes, I felt my mind and body make a 180 degree shift. For the next 2 hours, these were my mantras:

  • Keep drinking, you can stop to buy as much water as you need
  •  Keep your skin wet (with sweat)
  • You can take a dip in the sea whenever you need it
  • Pull into your center
  • You’re all over this shit (excuse the language)
  • You were born to run
  • You are in control of your mind
  • Focus on your breath
  • Look how beautiful it is—what a treat to run here

In Korea, people shout “FightING!” at sporting events to encourage the athletes. I often had people shout it at me when I was out running. It felt good. We tried to ask our Korean friend if they were really saying, “Fighting” and we think he said yes (wasn’t super clear). At any rate, while I was running today I was pondering this exclamation, and shouting it in my mind. I thought about how it had nothing to do with a physical battle with my body or anyone else’s for that matter. It is purely about the mind’s fight to stay present and to see the task through to fruition.

 The last few 30 minutes of the run were really tough. I had taken in over 50 ounces of water, my skin was still wet (good sign), but I felt like I was going to vomit. I paused for a few minutes to wet my hair in the sea. I walked for a minute to bring my body temperature down a little. With every step I said, “You’re so close. You’re so close…” Finally, I was back at the hotel, eating a big bowl of oatmeal and pumping my body full of fluid and Emercen-C (vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes). I felt great. This afternoon, I am having a massage on the beach and will enjoy every moment of it.

Nha Trang Beach

It’s all good.

 

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