Today was “Repeat Tuesday.” I was scheduled to run 10 x400. Originally I planned on getting up at 5:45 a.m. today and getting the chore of doing repeats out of the way. Well it just didn’t happen that way. Instead I turned off the alarm and rolled over to snuggle up to my hubby. I did however did get my run in after work. It was not fun!! I can’t really complain. For a couple of weeks now I’ve had some good solid runs with little complications. So one evening of my mind taking over the run instead of my legs I guess I shouldn’t complain but it’s still a little disheartening. I’m not an evening running for one thing so the thought of getting dinner ready, doing laundry, blah blah blah took over. Then there was this nagging feeling in my thigh that was screaming at me the whole time. I guess my point of all this is running is not just physical. Sometimes running ,especially if a person is not wearing an ipod or some type of music can become much more harder mentally than the actual physical act.
That’s another thing. At what point did running require so many gadgets?! There’s the sport watch, Garmin, water bottle, ipod/cellphone (possibly both), Gu’s. My goodness, by they time a person gets equipped out to go run is there very little room left on the body for sweat to collect? I normally don’t take an ipod these days because somebody is normally with me but what if i didn’t have anyone to run with?
Anyways, I did the training but in some ways it felt like a bust. I guess I could just post about all the sun shiny parts when it comes to training/workingout but then that wouldn’t be true to what training is like. Everyone is going to have bad days whether it be with biking, running or just working out. We have to have lows to enjoy our highs. I’m not sure how I’m going to squish this mental trap I have but some how it has to be handled. Don’t get me wrong I love to run with music but sometimes it just nice to hear the “natural” noises around me. It’s nice to just hear my own breathing without having to listen to other noises. But when I’m alone and I don’t have my ipod on, then the mental aspect of running REALLY gets a workout. I don’t know. I’ll figure it out.
What do you guys do? How do you handle a mentally challenging workout? Any tips?
Either way, tomorrow is a new day. I plan on running a nice little 3 mile run.
Oh, before I forget. Look what I got in the mail yesterday
It’s a shirt for the Austin Marathon I’m signed up for in February of 2012. I love the shirt but I really hope I get another shirt. I just can’t imagine this being my “offical” race shirt already. Either way, very cool!
One more thing! While looking for something this evening I came across possibly one of my favoritest (yes that’s a word) movie. Unfortunately, I’m deeming the trailer NSFW but I just had to put up here. It cracks me up! I apologize in advance if I offend anyone but it really is funny. I introduce to you…………Run Fat Boy Run.
Have a great evening!