I have been thinking a lot about the Freedom Four Miler on the Fourth and just how much of an out of body experience it felt like for me. I guess it felt like that primarily because I seriously didn’t know (or think) I could run that fast that long.
I went into that race TELLING myself I was going to run a conservative pace with the intent of not getting my hopes up for anything more. Which essentially is my way of diverting myself from failure.
That is where the mental aspect of running comes into play. Now that that race is behind me, I can see that over coming the mental hurdles I set for myself is a far more challenging task than the physicality of running because it effects everything…every run..every outcome.
Even before I tie my shoes, I “tell myself” how the run is going to go. I tell myself that I’m just gonna do a 10:00 pace or something like that. I’m starting to realize that by doing that..by having that little talk that ultimately ends in setting “fake goals” that I’ve backed down, laid up (in golf terms) and just plain underestimated myself.
The race on the fourth showed me that I need to get stronger mentally.
That race showed me that I’m capable of so much more than I give myself credit for and that the only thing standing it my way is what’s between my ears.
I have always known I’m just a little off but it’s time to start working on the weak link in my training. My mind.
It’s time to stop telling myself what I’m capable of and just start seeing what I’m capable of. It’s time to start taking risks, and pushing myself. It’s time I start telling myself that it’s time run.
Actions speak louder than words, right? What’s your advice? What’s your biggest personal fitness obstacle?
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