The theme of this week’s running has been all about overcoming mental barriers. As I was running today, I came across a Powerbar van parked on the street, and across the back was their slogan “You’re Stronger Than You Think”.
On Monday I had a tough track workout: 5 x 1ks with 400 meters of rest in between. My times weren’t right on target, but I felt like I really pushed it.
After this workout I kind of thought I would be done for the week due to tired legs.
Monday turned out to be a crazy day at work. I was dealing with a crisis until 11pm, which is well past my usual bedtime. I also didn’t eat from lunch until the time I got home, so I knew I wasn’t properly fueled for running. I knew that I would feel better on Tuesday if I got a run in before work, so I forced myself to get out there. It was really windy and I felt like I was still asleep for most of the run.
I survived and luckily it was planned to be an easy run but I was still happy with my pace.
Wednesdays’ workout was a great one. The plan was 2 miles easy, 3 miles at “short tempo pace” (according to the book “Run Less, Run Faster” this for me is about 7:35), and 1 mile easy.
After the first 2 miles, I had my doubts about being able to do the workout. I thought back on how last week anything sub-8 pace was rough. It was also pretty cold out. But I went for it anyway.
Um what?! I was shocked that I was able to do that. Those miles were basically at my 5k PR pace and I didn’t feel like I was going to die or couldn’t run another step. As I jogged the last mile, I thought about how last week I was frustrated with some of my runs. I guess we often times take 2 steps forward, and 1 step back, but in the end what counts is that we make PROGRESS.
On Thursday I took a well deserved rest day, but got in some yoga and core work. Today’s run was unremarkable, but I did get to break out my new Pureflow 2s, which finally went on sale at Runner’s Warehouse.
This “training” for the Annapolis half has been short. There have been ups and downs, but I think I have built up my confidence with some of these harder workouts.
One other positive self-talk message that I heard today while taking a Reflexion Yoga class: “Your mind will always tire before your body does”.
Any other phrases you like to say to keep you motivated during a tough run?