Today was one of those DNF training run days. My legs felt like lead from the very beginning; and between not getting enough sleep last night and being mentally exhausted from a very long, equally frustrating work week, I just could not push myself to do more than 6 (of the planned 10) miles.
I've been trying different strategies to work on mental preparation for my runs and my races because 9 times out of 10 the problem is less of a physical limitation and more of a "I'm not confident that I can do this" limitation. Mental training is hard. Especially since I'm not one of those overly confident individuals to begin with. And when it comes to running I doubt myself a lot.
This morning there was an "awkward yeti" type battle between my various organ systems...
Brain: Can I get through 10 miles?
Legs: I'm tired
Heart: I want to go back to bed
Stomach: I'm hungry
Legs: I'm still tired
Heart: I'm really sleepy
Stomach: Is that fresh baked bread?
Nose: *sniff sniff*
Heart: If I was sleeping right now I would be so happy
Legs: No I think I can
Brain: Too late I'm done. Let's stop at 6 miles
So I stopped at 6 miles. I was running with Mimi who continued on to complete the remaining 4 miles (after we took a quick post-run pic)...
Considering I did a (virtual) half marathon last weekend and I have the Tropical 5K and Miami Half Marathon next weekend, I'm not
This week (so far) I've done two 4 milers and two 6 milers. The distance sets were almost identical...
I'm trying to focus on incremental measurable goals for each week so that I can track my improvement (and not get thrown off by any one run). This week, for example, the group increased our run:walk intervals to 90s:30s and my personal goal was to maintain a sub-12 mins/mile average pace for all my runs (mission accomplished). Next week the running duration won't increase, but the new pace goal will be sub-11:45mins/mile. Each week will have a new goal and I will continue to set new weekly goals once I have accomplished the goal of the current week.
I'm doing the same for cross training. My goal was to swim twice this week for a minimum of 30 minutes each session. I only got through one 30 min session (on Monday) so next week I will aim for the same 2 swim session goal 💪.
What are your plans for this weekend?
Any races planned for the rest of January?
Did you accomplish all your training goals this week?
"I think I can" applies to all aspects of your life, So when digging deep you can look back at all your key moments (not just running) and find the guts to bring the glory.ReplyDelete
More like making you stronger and wiser:)
Thanks Del! Definitely trying to have a more positive perspective :)Delete