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The difference between believing and knowing. Day 106,  (2/7/2009)

When you believe you can do something it is totally difference then knowing you can do it. Today D turned a corner she went from believing she might be the first female to run around Australia to knowing she will be the first female to run around Australia. She went from an abstract understanding of what she was doing and what was involved to a concrete realist understanding of what she was doing. How did this mind shift happen? D achieve another 60km day today, you would think this wouldn’t make much different in one’s mental perception but it has. Since the leg injury D had been struggling with the motion of running the higher kilometre days she will need to do in the future to get the goal she has set for herself. Throughout the injury I kept telling her that of course she couldn’t run those kms on the leg now but by the time she got to the top her legs would be okay and she would be able to do it. The thing with D was she needed to know she could do it, not just believe she could in some distance future. Sometimes I think my D has too much thinking time on the road, as she had worked out that when she reached Mossman in Far North Queensland she would have to run 61.2 kms everyday across the top and down the west coast of Australia to achieve the record. This kilometre mark had been playing games with her head as she had day after bad day, kept falling short of her current daily targets and wallowing in a sea of pain. But through achieving close to the magically future target in the last 2 days on legs that are not 100% but seem to be on the improve, she now knows that if the legs stay the way they are she can still get there. This journey is a mental game where belief, knowing, faith and a little bit of skill can make your dreams come true. D’s dream is alive, I can see it in her run, I can hear it in her voice and I know that with the added benefit of an improved mental state of mind this will help with the improvement of the leg. She’s back and on track. Yippy and hooray. 

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Maggie – Director of Greeting D.O.G

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