When I was training for my marathon I was pushed mentally more than I've ever pushed myself before. I spent many miles in a mental war-- do I quit?? or keep pushing even though it hurts a little? I kept pushing. For me, running was 90% mental. Without realizing I started chanting "I am strong." with the rhythm of my breathing and gait pattern.
"I am strong." "I am strong." " I am strong."
Over and over again.
Mile after mile.
It's not a coincidence that I received this bracelet from Dave's cousin on Easter.
I used this mantra during one of the most physically challenging feats of my life: marathon training. And now I am taken back to that same mantra during one of the hardest emotional and mental challenges of my life.
I am strong.