“I am this trail. I am these trees. I am this rain. I am this breeze. I am the Present Moment!”
These are the words I would repeat in my mind in an effort to take the pain in my knee away!
It was at about mile 2 of the Tough Topanga 10K when my Tensor Fasciae Latae seized up and made my knee throb in pain. This is a hard, tendinous muscle and when it’s tight, the knee tracks incorrectly.
I knew that it was simply a tight tendon and I could calm it down later and I was determined to finish the race without walking, as a result, I kept running through it.
I decided that with all I’ve learned about the power of the mind, I would put this to the test!
As a hiking guide, I tell this tip to many people who are having a hard time getting up the hill. The mind chatter can sometimes take you down and I’ve discovered there is a way up and around all that discouraging chatter!
For instance, instead of focusing on the pain, I turned my attention to the present moment and began my mental mantras to keep me there.
- I AM THIS TRAIL
- I AM THESE TREES
- I AM THIS RAIN
- I AM THIS BREEZE
- I AM THE PRESENT MOMENT!
The finish line came with what felt like ease. Sure, I still had some stiffness but I didn’t feel it while running.
Fast forward about 2 months later and 20 miles up the coastline, I’m training a client at the Malibu Gym. One of the members asks, “hey Tara, did you run the Tough Topanga 10K back in May?”
“YES, YES I DID!”
He continued, “I was the person at the finish line clicking all the times. Of all the people I saw cross that finish line, you looked absolutely EUPHORIC–truly at EASE.”
Wow, how about that!
I was able to take myself to my only point of power and be fully present. I crossed the finish line looking euphoric and serene because I was in a vortex of energy in its most powerful form–the present moment!