- Monday - 15 min elliptical + 75 min yoga
- Tuesday - 7 miles @ 9:27 pace with Kim
- Wednesday - 50 min spin class (with working set of 30s on, 30s easy)
- Thursday - 6 miles with 4 @ 9:03/8:57 (1% incline) on the treadmill
- Friday - 2100 yd swim
- Saturday - Off
- Sunday - 14 miles
- Weekly Total - 27 miles + 75 min yoga + 50 min spin + 15 min elliptical
|Photo courtesy of Kim!|
Running after work in the sunlight is making me really happy. Thursday's tempo run was still completed on the treadmill, but on Tuesday night I met Kim for a run. Having someone to chat with made the run go super fast and I felt great.
After a 20 miler last weekend, I expected 14 miles to feel easy. But my head wasn't in the game this week and I slogged through it. It wasn't a terrible run it just felt long and drawn out. This is another reminder that running/training for a marathon is about mental strength and endurance as it is about physical strength and endurance, if not more. When I am tired, I always want to stop and walk but I don't need to (most of the time), but I do anyways because my mind says my legs are tired. Hills are the biggest challenge for me in this aspect. They are hard and therefore I think I deserve a break, but I need to keep pushing and charge up the hill because I am strong enough to do that. These are great lessons for me as I am running the marathon as well. I am strong enough to keep running.
What is your biggest mental running challenge?