Letting go of my mental crutch when it comes to running

Last night was not my best running night. I was tired and frustrated when I got home from work. I did one mile on the treadmill that felt as long as 10 miles, so I stopped and did some weight work instead.

I’m a big believer in pushing through hard runs because they make you feel better in the end. This is especially true during long runs or speed days. However, sometimes I think it’s okay to throw in the towel a little early. Or at least that is what I’m telling myself.

Today I am ready to rock my run! And it is actually going to be a very pivotal run for me.Β 

As most of you know I do run/walk intervals 99% of the time. It has been one of my goals to stop using the walk intervals “at some point in the future” but until very recently I had no set date for this.

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Over the weekend my run coach and I had a convo. about it and decided it’s time to make the transition. My walk intervals some days are only 10 seconds long now. My coach thinks I don’t need them anymore and am basically using the walk breaks as a mental crutch.Β 

Tonight I will experiment with a pretty short run (3.5 miles) with no walking breaks. Then this weekend I will try to do my long run with no walking breaks (or as few as possible).

Wish me luck! I’m anxious/nervous but also I do believe that I am ready for this next step.Β 

I feel like this training cycle is bringing about so many firsts for me! First time doing speed work, first time doing progression runs and (hopefully) first time running without walking breaks.

Running the half marathon last month gave me a lot of confidence in my training and I’m excited to be making these jumps.

I honestly don’t think there is anything wrong with using run/walk intervals. I mean, if it’s good enough for Jeff Galloway it’s good enough for me! Eliminating them at this time in my life is just a personal challenge that I want to try.

Cross your fingers for me, but don’t worry too much because I’ve got this!

What was the last big personal goal you achieved with running?

What do you think about Jeff Galloway’s run/walk method?Β 

– I think there are many compelling reasons for why it’s a great method. The biggest being that you feel strong for longer.

7 comments

  1. Kristin @ A Mom on the Run

    Good luck with skipping your walk breaks! I definitely use them as a mental crutch, it’s hard to push myself when I know the option is there. I’m usually pleasantly surprised at what I can do when I push myself πŸ™‚

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I definitely know what you mean. Knowing they are there is so comforting!

  2. Ali K. @ Hit the Ground Running

    I think if they’re as short as 10 seconds, you can definitely go without!! You’ll feel SO accomplished running a full run without walking. I know you’ll rock it!

    I think sometimes our legs/bodies just don’t want to run. I cut one short and did weights last week instead, and it really helped me this week I think!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Exactly, it was just one of “those” days where I knew it was going to be more annoying than anything to keep going. I can deal with hard runs, but annoying ones are best cut short πŸ™‚

  3. mandy @ fatgirlgonehealthy

    Go luck lady. I don’t really run more than 3 miles but I tend not to stop to walk but that’s mostly because I don’t think I can get myself to start running again! haha.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hahahah that is so funny! πŸ™‚ You would keep going, I know you would, but it’s awesome that you don’t need to take walk breaks!

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