Minor problem with running on the treadmill today.
The stomach now likes to pump into the buttons and stop the treadmill every now and then. I just took it as a sign that I should go to the bathroom and take a little break. I did 7 miles on the treadmill and I really can’t say how much easier it is on me to run inside when I have my own personal heater connected to me at all times.
I went straight from the gym to meet Ashley. She took me to Jason’s Deli for our last lunch before I leave. I met Ashley through blogging and we have probably hung out 568 times over the last 20 months, bf’s for life.
While I was there I had some special visitors come by so that I could babysit for a few hours. Like usual they were crazy funny and entertaining. Don’t worry sissy, they weren’t touching the floor, somehow they made the carseat recline all the way back and that is what they were on the. Notice the only one smiling is the one on top.
The mandatory ice cream. Just to let you know, I did not make this ice cream cone, my skills are way better than that.
As beneficial as it is to learn and think about training plans, speed work, cadence, proper form and sports nutrition, I think it is equally (if not more) important to pay attention to the mental aspect of the sport of running. If we do the training then it really is left up to our minds to decide how well we actually will do. Runner’s World had an article called ‘Overcoming Mental Blocks‘ that I really wanted to talk about.
Doubt is something that we all experience. Whether it is over a workout we don’t think we will be able to finish or going on a run with someone that you think is a trillion times faster than you and will leave you in the dust. Sometimes these thoughts are actually pretty realistic but most of the time they just hold us back from our potential. “Failure-oriented stress can cause a host of problems. It can tighten muscles so that they fatigue faster, hamper coordination so you can’t find your stride, distract you from your goals, and undermine mental toughness.”
For me personally, I have been having a crazy amount of doubts that I will never come back after pregnancy faster. I keep doubting myself that I will never get a PR again even though I know deep down that if I do the training and stop doubting myself that I can and will get faster.
A few of the common doubts/mental barriers/things that intimidate us that the article included were:
1. People who train more:
2. Faster runners: “Don’t just stew over others’ times- tap their achievements for inspiration. Focus on the true satisfaction of running the way you want to run.”
3. A tough course! (This one intimidates me a ton!)
4. The idea of a FIRST race.
5. Saying “I’m a runner.”
It is easy to identify the problems and things that hold us back but what do we do?
For me I need to focus on the PROCESS of improving. Sure I won’t automatically bounce back after the baby to speedy but if I focus on the PROCESS of getting faster then before I know it I will be rocking it again.
What have been some of your biggest mental barriers when it comes to running lately? How do you overcome these barriers?
What was your workout today?
What is the most common thing that you eat for lunch?
Random questions… have you had any problems seeing the most recent posts lately on my blog? A few people have so we are trying to figure out the problem. Is it on your phone or computer? Safari or Firefox? How long have you had a problem seeing the newest posts? Have you had the problem happen in the past 2 or 3 days? Thanks so much! Why do computers try to ruin my life?