Tuesday, January 9, 2007

I finally FEEL like a runner!!

I just started a new week of training. My goal for this week is to run 15 mins / walk 5 mins - repeated twice, 4 times this week. I just did my first run last night, and had an epiphany:

  1. By running 3.5 miles, I've finally crossed a mental threshhold. I now feel like a distance runner, and feel like I'm actually going to be capable of running the 1/2 marathon.
  2. Running is going to hurt. I'm going to get tired, things are going to hurt, and I'm going to want to stop. By using positive mental reinforcement - I can make myself feel that physical discomfort and fatigue are not bad things - they are part of the process, and I should embrace them.
  3. Pushing myself beyond my limits is rewarding. I know that I am capable of more than I think I am capable of - and that I shouldn't look at new milestones with fear.
  4. I can do things to help prevent injury. By staying in tune with my body, and taking care of small problems as they occur, I can reduce my chances of being injured and dropping out of training.
I've finally hit a turning point in my training, I feel like I'm headed towards the home stretch of phase I (getting to the point of running 30 minutes continuously), and on to phase II (the structured training program for the 1/2 marathon).

Wish me luck!

1 comment:

Brother Avi said...

I agree that there is a lot of positive thinking that needs to be performed to succeed.

When I ran the tiberias marathon last week, at around kilometer 30 (for those Americans, a marathon is 42.2, just to give you an idea of where I was) I started losing the pacer that I was trying to keep up with (who was meant to finish in 3:45 but was going a little too fast).

I tried a mental trick that I had learned from the marathon book by Galloway (don't remember the name off hand.) I made a giant mental rubber band and "threw" it around the neck of the pacer and his group. The mental rubber band began getting tighter around the neck of the pacer and his group, cutting off the pacer's oxygen supply, and it started pulling me forward to catch up with them! It took me a few minutes, but it allowed me to close the gap.

I ended up losing them about half an hour later, and I was too tired to be creative with more mental tricks.

Anyway, this worked for me, to a certain extent, possibly because it was just such a crazy and funny idea that it distracted me from my tiredness and my overworked muscles.

Keep up the good work, and keep endorphins coming. Soon you'll be addicted and it'll be hard to stop.