Mr. (Mike) Petersen, the senior head instructor of Mike Petersen’s Kempo Karate School in Christiansburg, Virginia where I used to train (and still go for my belt rank advancement tests) before we moved to Florida, has a mantra that he drills into the head of every student who passes through the doors of his school for any length of time:
His point is that if you believe that statement, your mind can push you through just about anything 2 minutes at a time.
This morning I had my longest run to date – 11 miles – and as I headed out of our driveway, I repeated this mantra: “You can do this – it’s just 2 minutes and you can do ANYTHING for 2 minutes.”
And so I did – 2 minutes of running and then 30 blissful seconds of walking, repeated over and over and over again until I completed the requisite 11 miles.
At about the 9.5 mile mark, my right foot started seizing up in a massive cramp along the bottom and it hurt like all get out. During my walk breaks I would try to stretch it out, but it didn’t work very well – and even then, as I would start running and my foot would cramp up again, I would tell myself, “You can take anything for 2 minutes.” And I did.
And that is how I will get through the half-marathon next month and my black belt test in July, and my triathlon schedule in the Fall, and the marathon I plan to run in 2015, and the HIM, and Ironman Florida – and anything else I decide to do that might be hard.
2 minutes at a time…
Because I can do ANYTHING for 2 minutes!!