I'm a big believer in the power of positive thinking. That's probably because I have to make a pointed effort to think postively, as a game plan, or I can sometimes really drift into the negative. When something starts to hurt - and in running isn't that pretty much inevitabe? - it just compounds it to focus on whatever is ailing.
I think back to my first marathon, where my mantra was the saying, "Your mind can only hold one thought at a time, so make it a positive and constructive one." I held onto that thought with everything I had, and stayed postive every single step. And when I crossed the line, I crossed into a new me. A me that finally believed in me; a me that could only be given to me by myself. So yeah, being positive is a good and useful thing.
So bringing me to today, I did a pack run and I needed to find a way to be positive about the pack. Thinking of it as a holder for my snowshoes and survival gear wasn't going to cut it. I didn't want to get 20k into Rock and Ice and be thinking I want to toss the thing. (That would be very negative.) So I decided while running today that the perfect thing is to think of my pack as a cute koala bear holding onto me. My whole run I smiled whenever I thought of my little koala, and it must have worked because I felt really strong and didn't mind the weight on my back. So, if I start to hallucinate a little in Yellowknife and request some eucalyptus leaves, it'll all make sense.