I found this written on my 8 year old daughters memory verse homework. I thought it was funny, but so familiar to my running thoughts. Running, like much of life, is very much a mind game. I’ve heard it said that running is 80% mental & only 20% physical.
During the previous week, all of my short runs were completed with an average pace under 10:00 min/mi, which was a good time for me. So here it was…long run day. Like my daughter, I thought, “I can do this!! I can keep my pace under 10:00 min/mi even at a longer distance.”
…and that’s when the “P.S. maybe not” began…
Here is a snippet of the conversation in my head as the run progressed:
Me: “I can do this!! I can keep my pace under 10:00 min/mi even at a longer distance.”
Mind: “No, you can’t keep up that pace more than 3 miles…what about those hills too? You can’t do that.”
Me: “Sure I can!”
Mind: “Nope. You’re not good enough. Can’t.”
Me: “You said that I couldn’t run 26.2 miles too. But I did. Twice.”
Mind: “Look, I told you so…during mile 4, your pace was 10:35 min/mi. You can’t catch up now.”
Me: “Sure I can. I’ll show you.”
Somehow, during our argument…I got in the “zone”. Notice, mile 5 was a NINE MINUTE pace! When the little voice in my earbud told me that my pace was 9 minutes, I was so surprised that it knocked me out of the “zone”. If you can tell me how to get back there, I’d appreciate it…I really enjoyed that!
So….brain…you lose. I win again!
This is the picture that came to mind at the completion of this long run…
So don’t listen to it…just because your mind says so, that doesn’t make it true.
P.S.S.- My girl got a 101/A+ on her memory verse. She did it!