Why is the biggest obstacle our minds?
Who is that negative voice in my head? Where did she come from? I surely didn’t invite her in!
Monday night’s run was mentally challenging. I was tired, I am board of running inside, my son didn’t want to go to bed, I had a million and a half things to do to get ready for his party this weekend….and the list goes on.
But what I really wanted to was to run. I wanted it, I needed it. So why was my brain trying to talk me out of it?
As I stated before I am all about distance now. I know how far I want to run, eventually. I have another 8k in a couple of weeks and I want to run the whole time. So my workouts are all about how far, I can’t stop until I go the distance.
I have done it before, I know I can do it again, it’s only 4 miles.
Why won’t my brain listen to me? Why does it keep telling me to quit or slow down?
Monday’s work out was a constant battle with my brain. She kept telling my legs to quit….I kept telling my legs just half a mile more.
The first mile was the hardest, the second was the easiest. By the third mile I almost listened to the Negative Nancy in my head. (no offence to anyone named Nancy, I am sure you are not in the least bit negative)
I almost said, ‘Three miles is good enough’
But I didn’t . I told myself, if you want to be done, run faster. You have to get 4 miles behind you, so the faster you run, the faster you can finish.
So I upped my pace to a 11 min/mile. I thought “11 minutes, that’s nothing, it’s like 4 songs.” I can do this.
Before the first song was up I was ready to slow down.
But I didn’t and before you know it, I had a half a mile left. And I upped the pace again. Because, the faster you run, the faster you can be done.
I then went home and did some restorative yoga. Because running and yoga are good for the mind and body.