In 1954 Roger Bannister was the first man to break through the boundary of the 4 minute mile. Up till then it is said that experts believed that humans were not capable of this feat. Since Bannister broke the record, it has been broken and beaten several times. The cultural limiting beliefs were smashed!
Now I may never run a 4 minute mile, at least according to my current belief system, but I have always aspired to run 5 km in 30 minutes. I know this is something that many people can do easily, but for me it has always felt impossible.
Limiting beliefs can stop you from reaching your goal
Glass ceilings, upper limits or limiting beliefs (as I like to call them) can stop you from reaching your goal, such as earning a better salary, becoming pregnant or losing weight.
When I practised interval running or other techniques I heard about, I did improve a little. When I tried to push myself, I felt too much resistance and the best I managed was around 33 minutes about 6 years ago. In fact my current average in the last few months has been to run 5 km in about 40 minutes (due to being out of practice and unfit!), that is until last week!
I was spending a few days in Hastings on a book writing retreat with a friend who is also writing a book. I always like to run along the beach whenever I can so I took the opportunity. Imagine my surprise when I looked at my stats at the end of the run which I had been merrily enjoying, without even pushing myself, and saw that I had run 5 km in 29.55 minutes! At first I thought it was a mistake but both my garmin and my running app agreed that indeed I had covered 5 km and only 30 minutes had passed.
So how did that happen?
When my daughter finished her exams, she decided to celebrate by walking 120km carrying all her stuff over the final stretch of a pilgrim walk called the Camino de Santiago in Spain. I have always wanted to do it too but never quite had the courage. When she came back glowing and really inspired, I decided to take the plunge.
But as soon as I thought about it, so many fears came up.
I’m not strong enough
I haven’t got it in me
I’m weak etc
These limiting beliefs have been with me as long as I can remember. When I was a child and went hiking on summer camps, I was always the last and found it a struggle. In addition to that, for some reason my body does not retain water and I dehydrating and got sunstroke on several occasions.
I remember the first time when I was about 12 years old and we were camping in a forest. I felt unwell but didn’t want to make a fuss so I didn’t tell anyone. A few days later, I felt so ill that I was dizzy and faint. I must have looked awful as the leaders rushed me to the doctor who rushed me to hospital where I had the drip for 3 days.
So when I decided to walk the Camino de Santiago, I thought I’d test out my abilities by walking for a couple of days along the South Downs while carrying my rucksack to the next location.
Unfortunately I chose the hottest weekend of the year and after 11 miles of the ups and downs of the Seven Sisters, I got sunstroke and dehydrated. I arrived at my hotel and went straight to bed. I felt like a failure. I felt weak, pathetic and no capable! And on top of all that we uncovered the belief that was stopping me move forward:
Its not safe to go beyond my limits!
Luckily I had my amazing husband, Peter, on the end of the phone, who supported and guided me through some EFT, tapping on these limiting beliefs and the old memories from childhood. By the end of our session, as well as drinking lots of water with salt, taking some homeopathic remedies and resting, my new beliefs were
I am capable
I am powerful
My body is strong
My body is doing what it needs to do to recover
That night I slept terribly, spending most of the time drinking water and going to the loo! But when I got up in the morning, I literally felt like a new woman! I felt fresh, lighter, energised and raring to go!
Coming back to my Hastings run, it is not surprising that my running would improve, given that my limiting beliefs had lifted!
Watch out Camino – here I come!
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