The mental roadblocks & I am kind of boring….

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Okay…so I need to take mor pictures….but somehow I just keep forgetting! So instead I will post these wonderfully inspiring phrases that I find and hope they motivate you! 🙂

It is officially “fall feeling” around here! This morning is the first morning since I started running early that I just didn’t go early. It was rainy, chilly and just dreary and I knew I could either go at lunch time or in the afternoon…so I did. As hard as it might be sometimes to get myself up early…I like it way better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I actually just really don’t like running in any adverse weather conditions. It doesn’t get me pumped or make me feel adventurous. I don’t like being rained on (unless it is a sprinkle on a hot day), I don’t love running in the snow, I don’t love the wind pushing me in the other direction….I am just kind of boring that way.

I had 6 mile repeats today. I did a 2 mile warm up, then 6:14, 6:20, 6:27, 6:29, 6:20, 6:24…6 speed miles average of 6:22 pace. I also did a 2 mile cool down. I ended up walking 1/2 of it because something just did not feel right. I am not sure what it is but something kinda behind my knee to the top of my calf. I fully intend on stretching, icing it tonight and praying it just goes away!

I read this article from Runner’s World on mental roadblocks and loved it.

Mental Roadblocks

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How true is this:

Indeed, the trick to managing negative thoughts is to recognize that you have the power to silence them”,

It talked about 4 major obstacles we face:

1. Negative thinking – “I just can’t do this”

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2. Rigid Goals- “If I don’t run xx pace all my training will have been for nothing”

3. Doubt- Doubting your ability to go a distance or pace

4. Unfair comparisons to other runners- yup….kinda hard not to do!!!

So what can we do about this! Stop the negative talk before it starts!!! Have a positive word or phrase that you repeat if you need to during a race. Have more than one goal. I always have 3. One is very hard and could happen only in the best of circumstances, 1 is more likely according to my training and if neither of those are going to pan out…I just enjoy the race and am thankful that I have the ability and opportunity to run. Trust your training! If you start to doubt, go back and look at what you have done to prepare. It is so easy to compare…don’t go there. I loved this “Research shows that mentally tough athletes tend to be internally focused—concentrating on their form, pace, and goals”.  Worry about yourself. Everyone is in different places, with different goals and different abilities.

What do you struggle with?

Comments

  1. says

    I struggle with running 6:22 miles! Still improving, though.

    “Trust your training” – yep, that’s what I use before just about every race. Good luck and hope your leg heals fast.

  2. Amber says

    It’s fall weather here too! Sometimes I love it (when I’m running), but other times I’m shocked at how warm 50 degrees feels in the spring when it seems so cold now!
    I hope your leg is feeling better too!
    I fully struggle with rigid goals. When I don’t hit the paces on my training plan I feel like a failure and have a hard time chalking it up to an off day. In reality I know not every run will go as planned, but it always seems harder to accept right after a bad run.

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