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The mental side of running

Saturday, April 21, 2012

It's been a while since I have updated this with my running. It's been a couple of weeks with a cold thrown in the midst of it. This WI weather is crazy. Our first few weeks of the NOBO running class were HOT and now this morning I went out to frost on the ground! No wonder why everyone has been sick!

I missed one Wed. night because of the cold I had, but still tried to keep up with the training schedule. I am finding that it is hard to get out and do walk/runs on my own just because of my schedule. My daughter is playing high school fast pitch softball, so I am at her games on Tues. and Thurs nights. I find that if I don't get out to walk or do some kind of cross training between the Wed. night class and Sat morning class, I am out of sync.....

Which brings me to my latest realization.... RUNNING IS A MENTAL ACTIVITY. I really didn't come to that conclusion till last night. It is mind over matter! As I am now officially half way through my 12 week program, I am really being challenged by the upped intervals. This past Wed. night I had the worst run ever! I had a bad attitude and was dreading the now 3.5 min run/1 min walk X 6 intervals run/walk I had facing me that night. I have to admit... I whined! I complained and guess what? Everything hurt that night... shins, knees and hips hurt. When I slowed to a walk it still hurt... but I persevered and got through it. After that night and then looking ahead at the training schedule I was certain that I was going to go walk group. The walk group has different intervals of walk/ fast walk & running shorter times. I know I can do that and figured I could still be challenged by that group too. So, as I planned it out in my mind, this Saturday (today) I was going to switch groups and finish off a walker.

Friday evening I had a talk with my friend (Cathy) that is doing this class with me. She is loving it and seems to be running faster and with less trouble than I. While we talked, we agreed that it is mind over matter, she cheered me on and FILLED my "half empty glass" attitude to being half full again. Shortly after we talked, I went out for my little 1.46 mile neighborhood jaunt. No intervals reminding me to run or walk, I just did what my body told me to do. I was happy to have arrived back home in 22 minutes and realized that I ran quite a bit more than I was expecting to. Why??? Cuz I heard the words of Cathy say "I am not going to let this running defeat me!" I saw myself a runner... I was half FULL and had a positive attitude.

Today was soooo much better.... It was a frosty, chilly morning with the NOBO friends that I have been making. I knew we were out to run the same times (3.5 run/ 1 walk) but we were up to 7 intervals today. Some how with my more positive attitude, I DID IT! I will say, I walked a bit of the run time but for the most part, I DID IT!

So, it's not just the breathing that I was worried about, it's not just the legs (and pain) I was worried about.... as I become a runner, I am learning it is all about my attitude... and that positive attitude is going to make running & many things in life easier to tolerate too.

On another note.... the confidence that is being built out of this has encouraged me to take on another new "sport". I have signed up to play Women s Softball in the rec league in town. I am so looking forward to playing again and being part of this team. Oh... yeah... and the One Tough Cookie mud run in Sept.... I decided to participate in that too with some friends. Now really, what was I thinking........ : ) emoticon
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FITFORMYFAMILY 4/26/2012 7:45AM

    emoticon You are really getting athletic! How fun!
Since I'm reading this so many days after you posted it, you've now had time for another group training run. I hope that you were able to keep up with the positive thinking and have a good run.
I've been really considering changing groups for my summer training program to lessen the pressure, but hmmm.... I think I'll be like you and stick with it! emoticon

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SHALDERMAN 4/22/2012 2:23PM

    I agree! Running is so mentally challenging at times. If you aren't in a good mindset it can throw the whole run off. I've also realized that its what sometimes makes me stop running and feel like I have to "take a break" during a run. Since working with my personal trainer I've been seeing how I can mentally get in a zone to push through a point when, on my own, I would have given up. I've been working to apply this to my runs and my home strength training. Yes sometimes there are physical issues that we should be in tune to (and stop running when they happen!) but so often its all in our brain :)

So proud of you and the progress you are making! :) Maybe I can come your way to run a 5K sometime. There's actually one up here in our little town in fall (I think Sept or Oct). Its nice cause its not real busy or crowded. Dave's run it twice now and I plan to do it this year with a friend. You can come up and join the fun if you want! :)

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STARTINGINLIMBO 4/22/2012 10:41AM

    I remember the pain as I trained for my first 5k. I ended up doing much better on an indoor running plan so I wouldn't hurt. Then found out I had somehow gotten my knee out of alignment. So that was fixed. Still did better indoors. When it came time to do the 5k I chose to run a path at a nature center's trail. My husband went with me to keep track of it all, and I actually had someone encourage me ( a stranger), and though I wondered if I could keep breathing all right, I said "I can do this" over and over and over, and I did. I didn't want to go too slow, to have a bad amount of time recorded (according to me- comparing myself to others' time they'd done it in), but I knew not to go too fast either. I did non-stop all the way to the end, and my time was pretty decent. I also realized that running isn't for me. I don't enjoy it, and it is too much on my body (my knees are nearly bone on bone), and so have given myself permission to not have to go on with running, but to do other things I like instead.
*new teammate at ~Fit by Fifty

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BLUE42DOWN 4/21/2012 9:39PM

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Well done getting the mental part on your side!

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