Before I go into what I wanted to talk about today, I have to share with you the run I did yesterday. It was one of my mid-week mid-distance runs. I’ve been doing them mostly without a watch in weeks past, but yesterday I just wanted some numbers. For you runners, are you as numbers obsessed as I am? I didn’t look at it more than 4 or 5 times (honestly), and I just ran by feel the whole way, but I needed to know that I ran exactly 7 miles (or as exact as Garmin will get). When I stopped my watch, this is what I saw!
|Don’t I look like I gave it my all? And those are my headphones attempting to strangle me. I cannot get headphone cord placement right.|
And this weekend at that race, I spent a good chunk of time thinking that I couldn’t. I looked down at my watch and thought that I couldn’t possibly be going 8:35 because it felt harder than that. I thought that I couldn’t run another step further. I decided I couldn’t run a PR at certain points because of how crappy I felt. And then, once I snapped out of it and started thinking that I could PR and I could run a 1:55:XX, it was amazing how suddenly my body was able to push harder than I thought I possibly could have for another minute only a few miles earlier.
It’s taking me typing it to believe it myself. The things we tell ourselves while we run make a difference. Our bodies listen to our thoughts. It’s not a revolutionary idea. I’ve always heard that if you just smile it changes your mood, no matter what state you’re in, so it only makes sense that if you tell yourself positive things you’re going to perform better.
My next goal race is April 14th at the IronGirl Clearwater.