Well, November is finally over. This first month seemed rather easy, perhaps because I am so excited about my decision. I have been getting up at 4:30 to stretch, have tea, do some meditation and self-hypnosis and then get out the door by 6:00. Over the next several months I will have to increase my mileage so I am trying to get used to getting up very early. Eventually I will be leaving the house by 5:00 when the longer runs start. So for the month of November, here is my training log. DON'T LAUGH, remember it's the first month...
What a terrible month for running. As you can see, I stopped mid-month. My entire family was sick. We are finally fully recuperated (during the first week of January) and ready to return to a normal lifestyle. Those of you who were my clients in December know firsthand what this month was as I had to cancel all of my appointments from mid December on with the exception of two clients who I absolutely had to see. Anyway, January, I am sure, will be better. I am really excited but be prepared, I must start from scratch again... Check back in February to see how I did.
Wow, January has been interesting. There were several times I came close to breaking body parts while running this month. Also, could it get any colder? Several days it was so snowy I had to go to the gym to use the treadmill. I do not like going to gyms so as you can see, I slowed down a bit this month. However, I was out there is 0 degree weather scaring people with my ski mask. I also signed up for the Long Island 1/2 marathon which is obviously 13 miles. The marathon is on May 2nd so if any of you would like to run with me, drop me an email. I would love some company. Thanks again for your words of encouragement as well as your challenges. Enjoy the months.
I know, I know, this is starting to look pathetic. I promise, it will get better. So February was not all I thought it would be. First we all came down with a stomach virus which infected our household for at least one week. Then, I exacerbated my back and could not run for another 4 days. Thank goodness for my chiropractor. However, I have to say, things are looking up. The weather is getting nicer and I am feeling better and better each time I go out there. My mileage has to start increasing big time this month to get ready for the half marathon. Each week I will be going farther and farther so by the end of March I should be up to about 8-9 miles.
Wow!!! I am psyched. Finally, I am getting into a groove. Things are falling into place. I am practicing my self hypnosis and meditation everyday and I feel like a new person. I AM A MARATHONER!!!!! I cannot wait until the 1/2 marathon which is in 4 more weeks. I hope the well wishes keep coming in and I hope to see some of you on May 2, 2004!
Well, I did it!!!! I ran the Long Island Half Marathon on May 2 in 2 hours and 37 minutes! I am still waiting to hear about the NYC lottery but that will come in June. Keep your fingers crossed!!!! Here are some pics of me; the first one with baby girl Stephanie (now 8 years old) and the other of me finishing.
JUNE 10, 2004
OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I got accepted to the New York City Marathon!!! I cannot even begin to express my excitement. Now I really need some support.
Thank you to everyone who wrote and gave me advice. Please keep it coming. I will start updating again at the end of July when my training picks up again!!!!!
Well, here I go again, however, this time it is the journey I have been waiting for for years!! I cannot tell you how excited I am about this marathon. What I can tell you is that this is going to take real perseverance!!
As the mileage increases I find myself getting more and more excited. August was a hot month and I found it difficult to keep up the momentum knowing that I still have three months to go. I missed a lot of days, shameful to admit. However, I now have a NEW running partner who is helping me to sustain my runs and keeping me afloat! THANKS Steve!
Well, at the end of this month, I am down to the wire. ONLY FOUR WEEKS LEFT TO GO!!! The miles are long now and I am sometimes struggling. I listen to my own self-hypnosis tapes every night and I am really following through. My Orthopedist and Neurologist have both advised me to stop running as my back is getting worse. However, I am now seeing my Chiropractor five times a week and that is making all the difference. Perseverance and a strong desire coupled with insanity is getting me through this. My sneakers have always been fine until the high mileage came and then two toenails turned black and fell off. My feet were swelling so bad I had to go up one entire size in my running sneakers - size 11 - baby canoes!!!! IT'S ALL GOOD!
I cannot believe it is almost here. 7 more days. Thank goodness those long runs are over. I have now had two weeks to allow my body to heal before I challenge it to 26.2 miles. WISH ME LUCK!!!! Remember - Pain is temporary - Pride is permanent! All positive and good energy is gladly accepted on Marathon Day.
In November, I ran the NYC marathon - 26.2 miles. Marathon morning was great and the temperature was heading up to about 60 degrees.
Boom the cannon goes off.
I hear the roar of the crowds Go Tonya - looking great - On the front of my shirt The words One more mile are printed and right above that my name. Talk about inspirational. These people donít even know me yet they push me. Itís like having 100,000 coaches rooting for me; my own personal cheering section.
As I near mile 8 I see the 512 foot tall Williamsburg savings bank. I feel my heart start to race and pure excitement is setting in. At this moment I feel I can conquer anything. There are a lot of people lined up on the side of the road waving, clapping, encouraging all of us. When suddenly I see a giant pink sign - GO TONYA GO - WE LOVE MOMMY!!! YOU CAN DO IT MOMMY!!! Itís my husband. He missed me at mile 2 and took a quick train ride to mile 8. Well now I am emotionally centered and once again TONYA the conqueror.
Mile 13 marks the Pulaski bridge and at this point I am feeling very good - slightly tired but still exuberant. Now I am dancing in the street, waving and yelling.
Mile 15 almost kills me as the Queensboro bridge is a real wake-up call to the muscles and remember I still have 11 Ĺ miles to go. There are no people here (except a few jumpers) and everyone is struggling up this bridge. It is a 3/4 of a mile steady climb but when you crest the bridge all you hear is the thunderous roar of the crowds as I take my first step onto the island of manhattan.
Mile 16 brings you to crowds you would not believe. I instantly see my pink sign hubby and I am on top of the world. The highlight of the race so far. There are bars lining both sides of the streets slightly inebriated, ok drunk, people just waiting to make you feel like a winner. People are handing me food, oranges, cookies, gin & tonics - I wanted to break into a full run - just feed off the energy.
The law of marathoning says that the second half of the marathon really begins at mile 20. There are only 6 more miles to go but they are equally as challenging if not more so than the first 20. At this point in the run, most people hit the infamous wall - The depletion of your available energy - the limit of your physical endurance - a sledgehammer to your knees. On mile 20 a man yells out "Hey TONYA, buck up - smile - only 2% of the population will ever run a marathon, you are part of an elite group". Silently I think to myself "that is because the other 98% of the population is much smarter than the 2% running this race.
CRASH I hit the wall. I am heading over the Willis Avenue bridge in the Bronx and I am physically exhausted, mentally spent - contemplating walking and suddenly, my lifeline beckons - the cell phone rang I answer it and on the other end is my baby girl Stephanie. Hi mommy, Im watching the marathon on tv and I am waiting to see you. Mommy, Iím so proud of you - next time I want to run the marathon with you - I love you. Suddenly it all becomes clear- This is my goal, my opportunity, my mountain to climb. My 8 year old is proud of me. I am a marathoner I am a marathoner I can keep this up for 6 more miles as tears start streaming down my face. I decide at that point to dedicate each mile to someone important in my life, someone who has helped me in my life - perhaps someone who helped me meet a challenge, face a goal, achieve my destiny, just acknowledge them during this incredibly amazing journey.
Mile 22, Central Park, my finishing point, looms ahead. The gentle uphill climb feels like a MOUNTAIN but I remember my baby Stephanie, my 8 year is proud of me.
At Mile 23 I read a sign"If Phillippides had died at mile 20 you'd be finished by now." Suddenly, I see my pink sign again and my husband reaches out to kiss me. My mind is focusing on simply putting one foot in front of the other. And I can see the look of concern on his face - he smiles at me and tells me how amazing I am and how proud he is of me. At this point, running is simply no longer automatic, it is now taking real effort and concentration.
Somewhere between mile 23 and 24 the numbness in my legs is replaced with genuine pain, pain in my thighs, pain in my toes, pain in my back.
There is a very thin line between the bravery of continuing and the pure stupidity of it. Did I pass that line I wonder?
At mile 24 I enter Central park. It is hard to fathom just two more miles. I should be celebrating, "Only two more miles!" But the hell continues and the hills throughout central park are as painful as my second childbirth (And man was that bad!) At this point I can hardly see the crowd let alone hear them.
The 25th mile is a mile of crying, not sobbing - just a constant stream of tears running down my face- tears of joy, anticipation, sadness I donít really know. I just canít control it.
The last mile comes and the final 385 yards to the finish line is uphill. As I cross onto the red carpet I instinctively raise my hands in victory with a big smile. I have finished! The crowds, the excitement and the drama of what I have just done overwhelms me and when they put my finishers medal around my neck I am smile from ear to ear because my Stephanie helped me break through my wall.
I start to think of the camaraderie of this race - not only its participants but also with the crowds and the special people in your life. I silently realize how every mile marker after 21, each mile that I dedicated to a special person in my life, became a real triumph - a victory that I will never forget. I wonder silently if I would have finished were it not for this camaraderie. Actually, they are not only crowds, not only special people in my life - they too are participants, teammates, grabbing me by the metaphysical arms and pulling me over the finish line; a bonding like no other. As we walk to the car I am overwhelmed by the people on the street still greeting me with praise. And then I realize it is NOT 26.2 miles of pain. At most it's 6 - 8 miles of pain maybe 2 hours of pain but I now have a lifetime to savor the accomplishment."
We are all participants in the marathon of life. Opportunity awaits those with determination. Sometimes we need help but we always have the chance to seize the moment .
NO BOUNDARIES HYPNOSIS - My personal logs and thoughts training for The Long Island Half Marathon and ultimately, The FULL NEW YORK CITY MARATHON - 26.2 miles.
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Waking hypnosis can be defined as eliciting hypnotic responses without a formal induction. Often, people say it’s hypnosis without the whole relaxation aspect. How is that possible? For that, you need a basic understanding of what hypnosis is. For many folks, hypnosis is linked in their minds to relaxation. We’ve probably all seen the stereotypical hypnotist waving a pocket watch and saying “Your eyes are getting heavy, very heavy…”
Waking hypnosis can be used for anything from GIVING BIRTH, (Yes, I gave birth to my third child with waking hypnosis and, trust me, it was NOT relaxing - it was, however, beautiful and significantly more comfortable than my first two babes) concentrating, improving sports performance for low impact sports such as bowling, golf, etc, to physically active sports such as running and training for high impact endurance.
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I AM A MARATHONER
I cannot even begin to explain the feeling of crossing over the 26.2 mile mark. It was like nothing I have ever experienced before. This goal was monumental and achieving it was incredible. It would not have been possible without the utilization of my own self-hypnosis as well as help from a few amazing individuals! Thank you to Livia for keeping my back in alignment, Steve for talking me through mile 19, Stephanie and Christian for talking me through mile 22, and Kenny for knowing I would succeed. Thank you to everyone who sent me words of inspiration and courage as well as love. Thank you for your thoughts and positive energy.
Anything you set you mind to you can achieve. Believe me. Hypnosis - it works!!!
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