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Old 04-09-2014, 06:27 AM   #1
Earning My Ears
Join Date: Nov 2013
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Brain vs. Disney Medal - Any tips for imaginary pain?

Hi everyone!

I haven't been able to find any thread on this, so I suppose my brain is just super weird.

I started running last August/September, just after I found out that there are Disney races where you get an actual medal, not just a print-it-yourself-certificate. I completed the half-marathon in January (and got my totally-worth-it medal ).

I signed up for the Dumbo challenge in August, and even though I'm still not entirely sure I want to spend about 1,200$ for the torture that is the 11 hour flight, I am trying to train regularly. Unfortunately, I'm not an active person and really don't enjoy running (or any other kind of sport).

And that's where the war between me and my brain enters the story. I would love to get the Coast-to-Coast medal, my brain wants me to stay on the sofa. Most of the time I am quite good at kicking myself out of the house, so I would consider that battle won by me.

As a revenge, my brain creates pain. For example:

- yesterday, I read about someone's problems with his/her hamstring - mine promptly started hurting as soon as I got home after work (I went for a short jog around the block)

- last week, about 3 hours after my long run, I made a weird movement and there was a tiny (seriously, not worth mentioning) pain in my knee - half an hour later I was only able to hobble because my entire leg (hip, thigh, knee, calf, ancle) hurt like hell

- on every short run, something hurts every time I pass a street that I could use as a shortcut home

The pain is gone as soon as I'm concentrating on something else, so I'm sure it's not the "real" kind of pain. If there was a doctor among my friends, I would ask for Placebo painkillers. I am sure they would work just fine.

Unfortunately, I don't have that option, so instead, I'm looking for tips to knock out my brain's desire to let me suffer. Any help would be greatly appreciated - August is still an awfully long time away... BTW: after the half-marathon in January, I didn't hurt at all. Not even my feet. I was sore the next day, but not a single of my various "training pains".

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