Monday, August 15, 2016
The Road To My First Half Marathon: The Mental Training
Running is just as much mental as it is physical. This past Saturday I had to give myself a major “pep talk” during my run. You see, I want to be a fast runner like some of my running heroes. I want to be able to run a 5K in 30 minutes or less. My friend Angie can do that. I want to be like Angie. Going into my run on Saturday I was feeling a little discouraged. So many of my women running heroes are thinner and faster than me. I have been working since January of 2015 to get to my goal weight. I am about 10-15 pounds away from that goal. Seriously y’all. I LOVE food! Some people drink their calories. I EAT them!!! I also eat my emotions and my boredom. The struggle is REAL!!! Can I get an “Amen?”
During my run I had to remind myself just how far I’ve come. It was only 8 months ago that I started running. Some of my running heroes are taller than me. Their legs are going to take them farther and faster. I’m 5’4”. Okay, 5’3 and ¾”. J My legs might not get there as fast. I have consistently brought my 5K time down with each race that I do though. THAT is what I need to remind myself, not who is faster or better than me. Listening to the lies from the devil that I’m not thin enough or fast enough is counter-productive. My focus should be to keep taking this journey one day at a time and not comparing myself to others. During my run this past Saturday, I had to remind myself that it’s about finishing and finishing strong, not necessarily the fastest. If I worry about who is faster than me, than I won’t enjoy this journey. I don’t want to miss out on the fun. I’m going to keep with my training and still strive to be better, but I’m not going to let it consume me. I will finish and I will finish strong. Have you heard this song from Katy Perry? Listen to the words. I love it!
I might cry too! J These will be my “gold” medals too!
No matter what life throws you, keep pressing on. Get back up and push forward. Don’t just survive!