It's especially important as you toe the start line. You need to have your wits about you. You need to say I've trained for this. You need to know you can do it. It the difference between a good race and a bad race regardless of what the clock says.
For the last month I've been really struggling with this. Yes, I've gone through the motions of training. No, I'm not really on any schedule right now. Maybe I'm just in a running rut? I guess I've always considered a rut when you stopped running because you were tired of it. I don't think I'm tired of it. Whatever it is, I need to get out of it. Next week is the start of marathon training for #5. It's the first time that I'm not sure I'm ready for the training again. It's the first time I've said, "Yeah, been there, done that." Of course, it's also the first time I've really struggled with the longer miles. The last several weekends, my long run has been 10 miles. I know many would be happy with that but I've struggled at this distance which has brought down my confidence in training. If I struggle at 10, what about 15?
Of course, as we talk about it, he's also concerned with starting marathon training if a spring or fall marathon is skipped. I'm not as worried about this as he is though. If I can do it four times, I can do it again and I don't mind starting from the beginning again. Will I lose time? - perhaps. Frankly, unless I qualify for Boston(which will not happen), I'm not sure it matters to me that much.
I've also not committed to the race yet. We're signed up for the half right now. Maybe I just need to commit and sign up for the full now so there is no choice. I have to run it then. For the record, I've always been signed up before I've even started the training schedule.
|What the f--k|
What the f--k.
Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!