Enough about the Super Bowl. I had sushi over the weekend and I am still thinking about it.
So I can’t find my Lululemon neck warmer since it hit the laundry.
It is black and little like my leggings so if I had to guess, I folded it in the drawer with my pants but I have yet to see it.
I am not even looking for it though because I never find things when I look for them, only when I have forgotten about it completely will it turn up.
Besides, it’s currently snowing, icing and raining all at once so it’s not like I can bundle up to run outside anyway.
Oh the treadmill.
I am trying so hard to look on the bright side during each step on that belt but even for a glass half full gal like me, it’s not always easy.
My mind isn’t free to wander like it does outside and most of my runs last week heard complaints from my legs/feet during the first few miles.
But I refuse to give up or give in. I keep my thought process super positive and make it a point to focus on the tiniest-almost-ridiculous happy running thoughts just to get myself through each run, especially the long runs.
Running takes physical ability but without the mental strength, you don’t stand a chance.
Long runs are possible on the treadmill. It’s all in how you approach it.
I want to share with you a breakdown of my thought process before and during Saturday’s long run just so you can see what I mean about the power of positive thinking when it comes to running.
Every so often I told myself that Saturday’s long run is approaching and it’s going to be awesome.
Long run tomorrow! So what if it’s on the treadmill, you can do this.
5:30 am: Long run today! Yes, it’s on the treadmill and you will like it. Don’t forget your jelly beans and water.
6:00 – 7:00 am: Linger over coffee, water and oatmeal, watch the news, browse the web and get dressed.
7:00 am: Bundle up to walk to the gym in the negative degree wind chill — lucky me I don’t have to run outside!
I didn’t know exactly how many miles I would run, all I knew is that I would be breaking the run into segments:
Two segments of five miles each and anything after that TBD.
This isn’t so bad. It’s not cold in here, I am not dealing with wind and my phone won’t die from hypothermia!
As usual, my lower legs are starting to protest. I’ll pause for a second to stretch but we are NOT going home.
The complaints from my lower legs were heard by my feet who are now deciding to complain too.
At least I don’t have a side stitch. Stop even thinking about such a thing as you might jinx yourself!
See. We can all learn to get along.
Things are feeling good and we are almost at the end of the first segment, how do you like that? Piece of cake.
Stop for bathroom and water before restarting the belt.
In my groove. My feet are understanding that the quicker we move without complaining, the quicker we get to rest.
And you know, I really like my running shoes.
I love my Boosts right now but love that I can rotate with the Hoka Cliftons and trust that they will feel good too.
It’s hard enough to love one pair but two? I am really lucky.
I am so proud of myself for being able to breathe so comfortably while running.
Never did I think I would be capable of such a thing. As much as my legs complain, my breathing is always in tune and I think that’s really cool.
I can more than do this. I finish what I start. Always.
I wonder if the people around me in the gym have noticed that they are coming and going and I am still running.
Whatever, they should be jealous. Look at me go and go.
I am the coolest person here because I have jelly beans in my pocket.
And guess what? They are still soft instead of turning into jaw breakers which happens when running outside in the cold!
Ohh my post-run breakfast is waiting at home for me. And today is a Red Mango for lunch day. Yes it is.
Ten miles down, seriously? Already? I don’t even feel like I ran ten! I feel great!
Stop belt and have water because I am not coordinated enough to drink it while I am running.
I am going faster than I was during the first ten miles! I am amazing.
Switch over to running playlist for last group of miles and play Bring Em Out on repeat.
How amazing that I feel stronger now than I did ten miles ago.
It’s nice not breathing in the cold air so maybe I should consider treadmill racing should it ever become a trend.
I just finished a half marathon, didn’t I.
And I am pretty sure I ran those segments in negative splits too.
I cooled down and stopped the belt at 13.50 miles.
I could have kept going but it’s always nice to end on a high note and know you still had a drop more to give.
The power of positive thinking, breaking your run up in segments, not thinking too far ahead of yourself… it makes a world of difference.
Best thing you ate all weekend?
Was your long run inside or outside over the weekend?
Which running shoes are currently your favorite?