Thursday, November 15, 2012
I said when I started this blog that we'd talk about the good, the bad and everything in between and this is one of those "bad" posts. As I wrote the last post about the half marathon update I realized how far we've come but also that the half marathon date is really close. Tomorrow I will go out for my longest distance run ever and the truth is that I am freaking out about it. See... when I did the Hot Chocolate 15K I ended up walking for parts of it and my confidence took a tumble. I thought I'd recovered during the week putting out some really solid miles but over the weekend during a 7 mile run I ended up walking again. My confidence is definitely not where I want it to be going into such a huge challenge.
I've read a lot of other posts and articles recently about how to mentally "muscle" through the challenges and I am hoping that I can but I'm really worried. The fact is that I want to run the full distance (both the 10 miles tomorrow and the half marathon in a couple of weeks) and I've been training to run. On the one hand I know that in the past it has taken me a few tries before I get it right - when I trained to run my first 5K I ended up attempting that race 3-4 times before I finally ran the entire distance. Will that be my fate with the half marathon? On the other hand the fact that I've started running and decided to tackle a half marathon in less than a year is an amazing accomplishment. But, is it enough?
How do you mentally muscle through the long distance runs when your body thinks it wants to stop?
Any songs that you think I should have on my playlist to keep me pumped up? Tell me, please!