Tuesday, August 11, 2015

August 11

So here we are 30 days out from race day (==>) and my head is not anywhere close to where it needs to be right now. I need to get over this pronto because the flight is booked, the hotel is paid for and there is no turning back now.

Should I be able to do it? Based on my half times, there's no doubt I'm capable of it on paper but when I do the math I just can't wrap my head around the though of running 7:40s for 26.2 miles.

What I really need to do is quit whining, lock BBW away and re-read Dr Jim Afremow's great book The Champion's Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive to get my poop in a group.

The pity party must end now.

I also need to inject a little more fun back into running so tonight I decided to a 1 hour  fartlek. Fortunately there is a lot of greenspace in the community I run through so between that, the road and the horse paths I get a nice variety of terrain to run on too.

So after the warmup I just did my thing. I went fast, I went slow, on the street, on the grass and even a bit of weaving between trees and bushes. It was definitely a nice change of pace to to have an agenda of no agenda for once. Don't get me wrong, there is a time for aerobic buildup but with only 2+ weeks before the taper, I need to fatigue my legs a bit

So that is that and now it's time to get to bed. I'm up later than I want to be especially since I've got a 30 minute pre-dawn run on the schedule for tomorrow. It should be a perfect morning now that the storm has rolled through.

2 comments:

  1. I am right about in the same place that you are right now. The idea that I can hold the pace I need to in order to BQ (7:49 here) is so far out there, you might as well tell me to run 5:00 miles. Yet there are small signs that this may be possible, like doing 200s in 40 seconds and 800s at 3:20 or better. You've obviously got the speed, so trust your training and be prepared for success!

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    1. Just like Yogi said about baseball, running is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical. I'm also completely mental so I've got that going for me too.

      Thanks for the support and good luck on your quest for a BQ. Sounds like you are on track for it.

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