As I continue my journey into running, I am often amazed at how much I don’t know (Which is a lot). You can research everything you think there could possibly be about something, BUT until you actually get out there and do it…. well…..You just don’t know what you don’t know!
One aspect of running that I have come up against is the mental portion of it. When the body and mind are definitely NOT on the same play book and disagree about the best way to proceed. My example is simple. Right now I run 3 times a week, right at 3 miles each day (okay..don’t laugh. Remember, I am an older, out of shape, new runner). Most of the time I run at a park near my home (See previous post here) and while it is still a work out for me I can finish my runs. HOWEVER there is a route I “run” near my home that I have never been able to finish. It’s the same distance as what I run in the park, the net elevation change is close to the same (configured differently) it shouldn’t be that difficult, BUT it is!
I started on this route this morning knowing my past results. I was determined to finish it this time (that’s what I said all the times before) and ran on. About half way through, my mind was definitely telling me “Give up, walk, go home, lay down, die..just about anything but don’t keep going!” I decided to override my mind and let my body keep going. My mind battled my body the rest of the run but I finished it without stopping this time! VICTORY!
What tips do you use for dealing with the “Mental” part of running?