Last weekend’s long training run called for 10 miles. This is ususally the max distance I train up to for half marathons – sometimes I add a mile walk after the 10. Usually I approach this distance with relief in my training, but last weekend it was more like dread as its only HALF of the longest distance I will be running to train for the Walt Disney World Full Marathon I am running in January. Despite a lingering feeling I am fighting “WHY DID YOU SIGN UP FOR FULL?”, the run started out great. It was sunny and mid 40’s so pleasant temperature wise for me. Suddently at mile 8, Dr Evil showed up.
He stole it. I had set a goal pace and was happily meeting it, more so actually. I stopped mile 8 at my car to switch out water bottles and I never quite recovered. I also took of my vest as I was hot. Perhaps I took too long, perhaps mentally I was “At the Car” and ready to go home rather than run miles 8, 9 and 10. The nagging if you can’t even do 8 miles how are you gonna do 26.2 hit me. I walked more than my usual 30/30’s called for. It was time to suck it up.
- Gave myself permission to walk in mile 8 more than my intervals and NOT look at my Garmin at all during that mile.
- Told myself I would get back on track during mile 9.
- Told myself I would step it up in mile 10 to finish strong and be AT my goal pace.
- Changed out my music just before mile 9.
And it worked. I was close to the Walt Disney Full max 16 minute mile limit at mile 8, but I was just under it. Mile 9 was faster than 8 and while slower than target pace, but for sure closer than mile 8. Mile 10 was faster than 9…granted, I wanted it to be faster, but I got some texts from my husband who was in charge with getting Mini Me to her tennis event and needed responses. Dude, I am running 10 miles, please leave me be.
The best thing, I finished EXACTLY with an average of the 10 miles at my target pace – training goal met. I realized in mile 10 I was close to making my goal and I finished right on the money. While I normally tend to focus on the negative when it comes to me, I was able to look at big picture and celebrate it.
After my run, I got some advice from my training coaches about this nagging feeling and you know what – I need to Let.It.Go…yeah, thanks Elsa. Each training run builds on the next one and I need to just get them done. I don’t go for the max distance until 2 months from now, I need to stop thinking about 26.2 and focus on what is my next run. Today its 3 miles, yah, just 3. I need to get out the door and get them done.
Have you ever had to get your mojo back? What did you do to get hour head back in the game?
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