Philip Corrigan shares his thoughts in the run up to the British 10k for CALM:
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“After signing up for the British 10K Run with Calm, I began training 3 weeks ago. I had not ran since September the year before.
I always tried to keep myself relatively fit but that’s easier to do when involved in team sports. This time, it appears, I’m on my own.
Without doubt it is much more difficult. Trying to ‘self motivate’ yourself by repeating phrases like ‘mind over matter’ doesn’t quite compare to somebody, or a whole team, encouraging you to continue working hard, especially when they are going through the pain with you. It makes you respect the likes of Haile Gebrselassie or Sonya O’Sullivan so much more. I’ll get through it though.
As I’m not starting my training from a complete dead base, I suppose I am quite lucky. I also consider myself lucky to be relatively head strong but I remember that when I heard the death of Gary Speed I was extremely shocked. It just highlights that the most ‘successful’ among us, whether they work for big multinationals or are sport stars may not be as strong as they appear.
Like many, I sometimes struggle with a bit of self-doubting but it’s good to know that I’m not on my own. Self-talking also helps yet the mind can be dangerous. As Bob Marley says, “Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you are riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind.” I think this is why psychologists suggest a practice called Journaling; writing things down. I found it helpful. Talking is like Journaling, it helps because who you tell will stand by you and support you. CALM will too.”
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