The power of irrational thinking when you are training for a half marathon
I mentioned my training to the doctor a few weeks ago with a reluctant and doubtful tone.
"I'm still running? Training for a half-marathon? But like, I don't know."
"When is the race?"
"So three months away."
"Oh my god you're right, I have three months. It felt so much closer."
"And you only need to be able to run 6-7 miles before the race."
"I can do 6 miles, I do that now! And I still have three months!"See how powerful the irrational mind can be? I forgot the actual facts of my training program, lost perspective on time and distance, and totally tricked myself into thinking I couldn't do this.
My conversation with the doctor really helped me reclaim my motivation and confidence, but i psyched myself out again just last weekend. I was set to run 6 miles Saturday, but I had my eye focused too hard on the clock. When I saw how slow my pace was after 2 and 3 miles, I said screw this. I quit after 4.5 miles with plenty of steam to finish the full 6. I forgot the distance is what matters on long runs, and I should have ignored my time all together.
Monday I was slow and wobbly after a Sunday night binge on pizza. Today I was fast and optimistic after a day of good fuel and rest.
I now have 9 weeks left to train, and it's time to keep my head in the right place.
You only need to run 6-7 miles before a half? Your doctor is very wrong about that. Please don't take that advice seriously. Your longest run before a half should be 14.ReplyDelete
I'm pretty sure she is referring to the distance achievable pre-training schedule.ReplyDelete
Ok, yes-it is ideal to be able to run 6 or 7 miles before starting to train for a half. That's a great place to start and then build on from there!ReplyDelete
Yes, I'm pretty sure that's what my doctor meant. I am following a 20-week program that started with a long run of 4 miles, I think. When I had that conversation with her, I was up to 6 miles and had 12 weeks to go.ReplyDelete