“You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.” - Frank Shorter
While I've never done a marathon, this quote really caught my attention- it reminds me of childbirth. I've given birth three times now, each birth slightly different- induced with an epidural, induced with a dose of Stadol, and natural onset with no pain meds. With each birth I think I remember the pain more and more.
Each were progressively easier, but for several months I couldn't forget the memory of the pain. I am finally forgetting my last birth a little, but at random moments, I remember the pain very well, and it scares me. I am hoping I can completely forget before I do it again. Like a marathon, it requires mental training, but I think there is a much greater reward at the end of giving birth.