We’ve made to week eight of our nine week training…I can’t believe it! We are now less than two weeks to our race. We are now working on our pacing with out and back runs. In our coach Matt’s email this week; he talked about the mental aspect and focusing on the positive. It was a timely email; since we are working on pacing I was feeling a little discouraged where I was and I emailed Matt telling him. Last Thursday I was doing my second run of the week and I “ran” into the Genesis Thursday training group. So I joined them; but I lagged behind I was last in the group..they had already started when I caught up with them..they were about 3-4 minutes ahead of me. But anyway I started to put myself down about my pace and then I read Matt’s email. So I pulled it together. Focused on the progress that I’ve made since we started the program. I once thought 60 seconds was a long time and now I’m running 25 minutes straight.
Then on Saturday I was at the track at the school near my house and I finally hit two miles! My pace was a little better according the map my run app; but I was out there by myself. So on Monday I was off the track and back on the boulevard for an out and back run..as Matt says Easy start, Strong Finish. So I’m working on that.
So tonight we were up to 28 minutes (Easy start, Strong Finish)…I think I did better this evening. I was with people in the group and I paced myself better. I wasn’t worried about where I was in the group. And I did ok! I will admit I’m still nervous about the 5k coming up..but I will do my best to focus on the positive and my goal..to finish the race. I’m not competing with anyone. My friend Rita keeps telling me that I’ve got this and I’ve never quit anything I’ve started. And she’s right. Sometimes doubt creeps in but when I was on my return run tonight, I kept saying, I can do this and when it was done; I thought I could have gone just a little further. (ha!). Now my legs are a little sore so I will let them rest tomorrow.
I was reading an article in Runners World (yep I’m all in baby) and I found one of particular interest to me as an addiction therapist and as a new runner.
What this man went must have gone through to not only get sober but to lose the weight. I’m sure it wasn’t an easy process but he did it and look at him now..This is exactly what I try to get across to the people who I work with; so if he can do that..I can definitely do this. So I will keep working on my pace Easy Start, Strong Finish.