I find myself getting caught up and inspired by some of my fellow bloggers, especially Dawn (Chasing Down Healthy). We’re almost on the same training and race schedule… she’s in week 5 of training for a half (she’s registered for 2 of them), and I’m in week 3. This morning she blogged about how it’s easier for her to just keep running rather than take a walk break. I totally get it. So, I decided to try that out today. Yeah, well, unfortunately it doesn’t work so great for me. Yet, that is. I haven’t broke through the mental challenge of a continuous run non-stop, although I tried this morning.
I had 4 miles to complete, I didn’t even turn my watch or phone on until I was perfectly warmed up and ready to run. I felt mentally psyched. I was ready. One mile down without stopping, I did it! Then here’s where the mental challenge came into play… “you can just walk for a tenth of a mile to catch your breath, then you can take off again.” Alas, it was not to be. I walked that tenth of a mile then I ran into a hill. And this is not a nice hill. This is a hill that challenges every ounce of your being, physically and mentally. Walking up it can leave people short of breath. It’s a hill-training hill for at least three-quarters of a mile. Needless to say, after that first mile, I couldn’t get my groove back once I took a walk break, not even to do my normal run/walk ratio. But it wasn’t the hill’s fault… it was the mental challenge that I struggle with all the time when I run. The one that tells me, “Walk now or you’re going to die.”
I can take away a few positives from this run, though:
- I wasn’t any slower than my last 4-mile run.
- I realized I have to work on the mental part of my runs. Recognizing weaknesses is always a good thing so they can be addressed and dealt with.
- I wasn’t tired or exhausted when I returned home.
- I got to see the ducks in the lake first thing. Taking a picture is a great excuse for a walk break!
Bonus… I love what my phone says: