This may be one of my latest posts since I started blogging, but I do not want to miss a day, so I am just squeaking in. Sometimes being with a friend and sharing time with someone important to you trumps other commitments – weight lifting, blogging, getting to bed early… And that is what I did this evening. I spent time with a wonderful friend and have absolutely no regrets.
This morning I did a very challenging tempo run workout and finished it as prescribed. Also – no regrets there. It was hard – a two mile warmup followed by a four mile tempo run at my zone 4 or anaerobic threshold. The warmup was easy – it was a warm up. Going into my tempo run I set the treadmill at 6.2 miles per hour (9:40 minutes per mile) and kept to it the first mile. By mile two I was feeling the stress, but I did an assessment and knew there was nothing hurting. I was feeling the push and it was a faster pace than I am used to, but there was no reason to keep at it. My heart rate was just under my zone 4 hovering around 150. I did pull back to 6.1 miles per hour (9:50 pace) and kept it there. By the end of mile two I was trying to talk myself out of finishing. For those that know me, I am a bit stubborn and determined. I refused to let up and pushed through mile three. By mile four I had no intention of slowing and I increased the pace back to 6.2 for the last quarter mile. I ran/walked a .75 mile cool down for a total of 6.75 miles. The feeling of accomplishment was so strong. I have never run a 4 mile tempo before and keeping a pace below 10 minute miles is huge for me. But. I. Did. It.
I emailed my trainer my results along with telling her of the struggles I dealt with through the run mentally. Her reply summed up so much – both in life and in running. “The mind is so strong. A lot of times we can talk ourselves out of workouts because we think we cannot do it… or we CAN talk ourselves into it.” So true. I talked myself into and through the workout and now I know I CAN do it. It is one thing to think I can, it is another to know I can. And now I know. This was a breakthrough moment for me. I am sure there is so much more too, but this is a start. Again, it all starts in the mind.
Overcoming doubts first starts with the thought, belief if you will, that you are capable. Regardless of what you have been told, if someone believed in you or not, or if you have tried in the past and failed. The past is the past, and the present and the future do not have to depend on it. Believing I could make it through the run today got me through the run today. Yes, the mind is so strong. It may not recognize how strong the body is, but with a little training, it will learn as well.