Well, I finally did it! Scrapping every ounce of bravery remaining, I filled out the form, then closed my eyes and hit the “Enter” button for the half-marathon in May.
Holy crap! What have I done???!!
It’s not even the physical endurance I’m worried about.
I’ve started some solid training, adding extra clicks through the week with mah running buddies.
My resting heart rate is right down there at 47 and I know it’s because I’m stronger and fitter.
Even claimed second fastest chick at the gym, yo!
But someone reminded me that it’s “90 percent mental and 10 percent physical”
A strong body is nothing without an even stronger mind.
So, how can I train my brain to convince my feet to keep moving…for 21 kms?
Apparently visualization techniques help.
Yeah, I’ll just close my eyes and imagine those big ugly blisters aren’t bursting through my running shoes.
They also suggest writing in a training diary.
Whaaa? I barely have time to blog!
Obviously, there’s no easy answer or solution.
My personal trainer sent through a Training Plan yesterday morning.
No beating around the bush, the 12 week rigorous schedule of long runs, hill runs and weights delves right into it. (I get 2 rest days. That’s it!)
But just as I started feeling anxious about surviving the next 12 weeks and beyond, I carefully read the opening paragraph:
“This is a 12 week training plan and requires 12 weeks of commitment. There will be sacrifices made and some sore muscles over the course of your training, but it’ll all be worth it with the end result being a new body, new energy, and a massive feeling of self accomplishment once the race is run and you’ve got that medal around your neck.”
And while running isn’t for everyone, I think most people can relate to that elated feeling of self-accomplishment.
Who needs drugs when you can get that natural high?
So, that’s where I’m hoping to find that mental strength: knowing that all this hard work is going to result in something big and most of all, positive for me.
When has the “90 percent mental” theory worked for you?
Linkin’ up with Essentially Jess for another round of IBOT!