After a Love Affair With Her Couch: A Marathon Runner
Dear EFT Community,
After tapping for self-esteem, procrastination, and other issues, Cathie is quite surprised to find herself running marathons.
I have been practising EFT for many years and have discovered an unusual side effect. It turned me into a marathon runner. Now, I have never consciously tapped on turning myself into an athlete, because I had a love affair with my couch. I had no interest whatsoever in running around my neighbourhood block never mind from city to city. Three years later while running a 50km road race, it struck me that it might just be a side effect of using EFT. I have tapped on self esteem issues, self confidence issues, procrastination, and other emotional issues, but not once did I tap on 'I want to be a runner'.
I have now run distances which make my mind boggle, and last year I attempted our ultra road race of 88 kilometers (55 miles). This year I am going to do it again. I have tapped on various issues which I now experience as a runner, while faced with distance and heat and blisters. But overall, I have found myself at the starting line time and time again, with no nervousness, no self doubt, only excitement. The challenge doesn't scare me, and I have given up the internal dialogue of 'who do you think you are, trying to run this?'
While running, I have tapped on my fingers on things like...
its so far
blisters on my toes
I am not an athlete
I never finish anything
I am not fast enough
I am too overweight
I am too old
I am not a runner
All of these issues no longer bother me. I am excited by the prospect of seeing my world on foot. I enjoy the sights and sounds of all the different types of runners on the road. I am enjoying the challenge of willing my body to the finish line. I have new pride in my body, huge respect for my legs, my feet, my body. All of this I attribute to EFT.
I now warn my clients, who look rather alarmed when I joke with them about this particular side effect!
Cathie van Rooyen