It always happens that I have a few thoughts about a race after I write the recap. I write the recaps fairly quickly which doesn’t always give me time to reflect completely but before we get to running talk, a few random things first.
I bought Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice K-Cups last week. I am finding this coffee so crazy strong for some reason that I can barely drink a cup, at least not too early in the morning.
I found these slip on New Balance sneakers in my closet. They are probably ten years old but I am loving them all over again. They are perfect for this time of year when you aren’t quite ready to give up flip flops but need a more covered shoe on your foot.
Not that I am packing away the flip flops yet, or the summery polish colors for the toes.
I am also not ready to give up Hello Kitty. At the age of 37, I am pretty sure this means I will never give up Hello Kitty.
I never leave the house without my Lululemon Vinyasa scarf. Great purchase last year. It’s a staple in my purse just like my Hello Kitty hairbrush. I should do a what’s in my purse post one of these days.
Time to talk running!
*** I can’t help but reflect back on my PR half marathon (MAY 2013) and think about how clueless I was then in terms of finish times. I was just trying to emulate my previous race, not realizing that finishing 1:45:24 was a big deal because 1:45 is often a specific goal runners set for themselves.
I obviously had no idea that this would remain my PR for over two years and that it’s not so easy to repeat or beat.
Back then, I ran a whole lot less. Back then, I didn’t do Pure Barre and barely strength-trained. Back then, I was just recovering from a randomly still unexplainable hope it never happens again injured shoulder. Back then, I rarely ran a routine run under 9:00 minutes per mile.
So, when I say I don’t know how that race happened, I don’t know how it happened. I do think that there’s sometimes truth to the theory that you can actually run better when you run less since your legs are less fatigued, but still, it’s interesting.
***Around mile 9 of the half marathon last weekend, I thought to myself, THIS IS HARD.
This is CHALLENGING.
It doesn’t matter that I routinely run 13.1 miles, running the 13.1 miles during a race is totally different.
It was at this point in the race where I truly understood why we must train ourselves mentally. Running requires our strength physically but it most certainly needs our mental strength on an equal, if not higher level.
It was at this point when my brain considered taking over, making me think it was okay to slow down a little bit because I knew that slower would be more comfortable BUT I also knew that pushing myself, which was going to have to come from my brain, was what one needs to reach their PR goals in a race.
When you run distances often, you are fairly good at going and going. You know how to find that comfortable pace which allows you to just run endlessly. Because of this, you need that extra mental power in order to pick up that pace and move faster, to get uncomfortable, realize that your legs can certainly do it, and finish strong.
It would have been so easy for me to run this race at a comfortable pace without challenging myself mentally. That’s not why I run a race though, you know?
It’s like we have a split second sometimes where we need to interject in those moments of wanting to slow down, wanting to stop, where instead we tell ourselves, YES, we can do this. Do not stop, do not slow down, just keep going strong.
Easier said than done, right? I like to think though that just by realizing what we need to do, we are actually one step closer to making it happen.Random things and running reflections #thinkingoutloud @runwithspoons #running #halfmarathon #fitfluential Click To Tweet
Be sure to check out what everyone else is thinking about today 🙂
Who is running a marathon or other race this weekend?!
Anyone else finding Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice coffee really strong?
Are you still wearing flip flops?