The mental aspect of running has always been my downfall. Being able to believe in myself and what I can do isn’t the easiest for me. That being said having a successful run is always a confidence booster. Being able to prove to myself that I am capable of a good run is important to training. I know their will be bad days and that is ok. I just need runs like I had yesterday to remember that I can do this!! Hopefully more of these runs will keep coming my way now that I am starting to break the habit of watching pace on my Garmin while I run!
So far in this training cycle I have learned a lot about myself. Most importantly though, I can hold paces for longer when I don’t watch it on my Garmin. If you read this post
, you would know that I ran good and pretty evenly paced once I stopped watching my Garmin on my long run last Saturday. So last night I did the same thing. I started my Garmin and only looked at it when it beeped to let me know I had hit a mile marker.
The run started at my parents house, I haven’t went for a run from there in a long time and I am glad I did. I headed down the street and just went with the flow of it. I headed down the road to see if I could come up with a route close to the 3 miles I was making up from a missed run on Wednesday. One of the things I love about the town I grew up in, is that they still have brick roads!! Not all of them are but a few scattered throughout town and I love that.
|I was running…so it is blurry!
I continued my journey and decided to run past a park I use to go to when I was young. Just before I got there, mile 1- 9:14. Nice, I hadn’t thought I was going that fast. I started to pay attention to the fact that it was getting darker!! I was dressed highly inappropriate for running in the dark. I had on black running tights and a black and grey shirt! So I decided to start heading towards my parents and I could go finish up my 3rd mile on the indoor track across town.
|You can’t tell but it is getting dark…the street light is on! 🙂
I felt like I was going at a turtles pace for this second mile. I felt much slower than the first and was trying to figure out why! I wasn’t winded or tired and physically felt great! Its only 2 miles…why would that slow me down? I kept going and didn’t look at my pace. As I neared my parents house I had to detour around a little so I would hit mile 2 close to their house and then I beeped. Mile 2- 8:50! What!?!? This really shocked me…in a good way!
I expected to see something closer to 10 so this really made me happy! I just couldn’t believe it! Maybe the little bit of hills and speed work I am doing is paying off! Faster paces are beginning to feel a little slower and I like that! I am really excited to know that since I stopped obsessing about watching pace it is improving. I think mentally I don’t believe I can hold a certain pace for a specific distance so watching it was just ruining my runs. I would put the pressure on myself and then not perform as well. I think I am going to like this no pressure running I am doing!
I then headed to the indoor track and met up with Jade. We started running and I was only going to do one mile but we got talking and soon enough I had ran 2 more! I don’t know what pace we were going at all. I didn’t time it and I didn’t’ care. Day’s total 4 miles!
Are you addicted to watching pace/distance etc?
Favorite thing about your hometown?
Does your pace ever shock you?