I had an awesome 8 mile run on the treadmill yesterday morning with 6 miles at half marathon pace.
When I say half marathon pace, you may be wondering if that implies I have decided to definitely run the NYCRUNS Falling Leaves Half Marathon in two weeks.
I still haven’t decided.
I’ve sort of been ignoring that a decision needs to be made while sort of considering my emotions towards running a half marathon right now all while still following along with my training plan anyway.
It’s not like I don’t enjoy running or that I don’t want to complete the workouts in the training plan, I just don’t really know if I truly feel up to running a half marathon right now (because I don’t just run them for fun) and here are some of the reasons why:
I’ve hardly had the chance to run outdoors lately.
The dark mornings keep me running on the treadmill several days a week which is fine but I really need to be running outside (especially for speed workouts) in order to be in touch with what my pace should feel like during a half marathon.
I need to feel myself running outside at a race pace so that my brain and legs connect and agree on the race pace feeling. Does that make sense?
I can run at race pace on the treadmill because I set the machine to make the belt move at such pace.
Outside though, I need to mentally push my legs to the desired pace and understand what that push feels like and I don’t feel as though I have had much opportunity to recognize that feeling.
Mentally I have been in another place.
Although I am recovering well from the Bar Mitzvah over the last few days, the last several weeks have been insane and I have been distracted.
Running is so much more mental than physical for me sometimes that without my brain being interested and engaged in so many of the half marathon workouts, I just don’t know if I feel mentally ready or interested in running a race right now.
I don’t feel as though I have been training.
I think this part still falls under mental but I just don’t feel as though I have been training for a half marathon for the last six weeks. This may all have to do with how distracted I have been for so long with the Bar Mitzvah so even though my workouts have happened more often than not, everything is just a big blur.
It’s also possible that I haven’t felt like I have been following a training plan since the weekly mileage hasn’t increased beyond what I normally run or maybe it’s because I have run the workouts in the past. I don’t really know and can’t really explain it but I just feel so weird about the training.
I have a Bar Mitzvah to attend the same day as the half marathon.
While I can totally do both, do I want to? Do I want to be dragging and tired at night? Will I be comfortable in heels after running a race?
Anyway, back to yesterday’s treadmill run.
I have been sleeping so well this week that I woke up rested and ready for a good workout. My training plan called for 6 miles at half marathon pace.
Upon first glance at this workout, I was slightly nervous that maybe I wasn’t ready for such an intense workout based upon my mood lately but then I quickly switched gears and said of course I can do it.
Running is so mental.
Had I told myself I couldn’t do it or mentally felt as though I couldn’t keep up, I would have stopped the treadmill within minutes or never even attempted to run at half marathon pace.
I think my legs have really been fresh and ready to run this entire training cycle, it’s the mental part that’s been missing.
Yesterday, I had both the mental and physical parts working together.
I wanted to run.
I wanted to complete these 6 miles at a half marathon pace and didn’t care if I felt any fatigue because mentally, I wanted this run to work which made all the difference.
Mile 1: warm up
Miles 2, 3, 4: between 7.5 – 7.7
Miles 5, 6, 7: between 7.5 – 8.0
Mile 8: cool down
Did I feel tired? Maybe at mile 4 but I wasn’t stopping because my brain said keep going. I actually felt great.
Do I feel ready for a half marathon? To be determined.
Tomorrow morning I will get outside for my long run which involves something like 9 miles easy with the last 4 miles at half marathon pace. I think that after this long run, I will be best able to make my decision about the race.
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Do you find running to be mental for you?
What are you doing this weekend?
How often do you run on the treadmill vs. outside?