Monday, July 08, 2013
I am sensitive to hills and heat. Lately it's been pretty warm down here in Florida. Hot and humid and that makes running difficult. Hill don't help.
Today I had a thought which keeps coming back to me, and it's something I've not seen addressed elsewhere, and I do a lot of reading about running, and fitness in general.
When I first started running I'd get really, really tired and disheartened from time to time. But, I am very stubborn, and do not give up easily. I keep plugging along, and that's what I did, no matter how tired I got. I did, however sometimes falter in my positive thinking, and might briefly wonder if I had the strength or will to be a runner. Then, I'd get 'a second wind' and feel really good again and the negativity waned. For a while.
One day, early on, I had a DUH! moment. I was running uphill often when I felt tired, exhausted, then on the way down, I felt much better. This is something which didn't stick in my brain until I repeated the thought process several times. So simple, but so slow for me to grasp.
Now, during my long runs when I am really really feeling tired and want to feel bad for myself, I stop and think "are you going uphill again, Dummy?" and most often I was. Then I'd just wait for the coming downhill to feel better again.
This probably won't be a huge surprise to anyone who reads it, especially if you've been a runner for a while, but just in case you are having one of those 'not feeling it moments', when you feel like you'll never be a good runner, see if you're really just on a hill.
By the way, not to complicate matters, but that 'hill' might be poor nutrition the day before, lack of quality sleep, or you overdid your strength training the day before.
Watch out for those hills, they'll slow you down, but don't worry, you'll recover quicky enough if you just keep on plugging along.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.