One Year Ago … Plus a Mental (Running) Barrier I’m Trying to Get Over

Last night I did 3 treadmill miles at a moderate pace, and Adam ran next to me : ) His goal for the 5K is sub 24mins so running on the treadmill next to him is really the only time I can feel like we’re running together. Outside I’m just chasing him down and staring at his butt (<—- he squats a lot so this is not a bad view).

Somehow I completely forgot how special this week is in my running life. I only remembered because my running coach sent me an e-mail last night which ended with, “Think about where you were a year ago.”

Almost exactly one year ago on Feb 2nd I ran my very first 5K, and then seven days later I ran my second 5K. Yes, this is coming from the girl who just wrote about how she doesn’t like racing, haha.

my first 5K

I had originally signed up for the 5K on Feb. 9, 2013 that went through the Miami Zoo, but then Adam’s co-workers invited us to do Color Me Rad on Feb. 2nd and we couldn’t turn it down.

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I remember making it halfway through that first 5K and wondering how the finish line could still be so far away. It took me 42 minutes to finish. Once I crossed the finish line I was so ecstatic (and tired). The same process repeated the next weekend at my second 5K. At around the two mile mark I just really wanted the whole thing to be over, but then as soon as I crossed the finish line I decided it would be cool to sign up for a half marathon : ) Running is such a crazy thing! I love it.

Despite all the progress I’ve made in the past year, and more specifically in the past three months, I still have moments of doubt.

Right now I’m dealing with a pretty big mental block when it comes to speed. Sometimes I’ll be running along at what feels like a comfortable, cruising pace and then I’ll look at my Garmin and see I’m actually running really fast for me. In about 10 seconds I go through these emotions: AWESOME, I’M SO FAST…oh no my legs feel like bricks… ok I need a walking break.

Literally within 10 seconds I’ll go from feeling really good and comfortable to needing a break. It’s insane and I’m sure it’s more mental than anything because you don’t just go from “everything feels great to every step is so hard” that fast. I think I just see the fast pace and my mind says, “you can’t run at this pace, you better stop.”

I need to learn to quiet that voice because it’s killing me! I emailed my running coach to tell her about all this and as usual she just told me exactly what I needed to hear:

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I like the motivational quote and the advice on going to my mantras, but most of all I like that she says to just “get over it.”

Seriously, that’s what I need to do. There’s no better advice. There’s no way to sugar coat it.

Next time it happens that is exactly what I am going to tell myself to do… GET OVER IT : )

I will get over it.

What do you do to get past mental barriers when it comes to running/working out?

What is your favorite running mantra?

How many years have you been running? What got you started

– I LOVE hearing these stories!

9 comments

  1. cheryl

    My mantra, “I’ve got this!”
    I try and break up mental challenges into segments…I tell myself, “you can do ANYTHING for 10 minutes”, and sure enough, it’s done. I also focus on how great it feels to conquer a goal. A treadmill is a great place to up your speed, because you can increase speed for 1 lap, then bump it back down, etc.

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Haha, I usually tell myself something similar only it’s “you can do anything for 1 minute” πŸ™‚

      I love the treadmill for speedwork, it makes it so much “easier”!

  2. The Running Schlub

    We all go through that mental challenge, keep working at it, you’re doing great.

    “Just keep moving your legs” – That is my go to when I’m getting tired.

    Only been running for about 6 months. My fiance started running so of course I couldnt sit on the couch while she is getting fit.

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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      That’s awesome that the two of you started running together!

      By the way, I tried to comment on your blog but it wouldn’t let me because you don’t have the name/URL option enabled. Would love to comment back!

      1. The Running Schlub

        Thanks for reading, and thanks for the tips. Fairly new at the blog stuff, I used the blogger help function and I think I enabled the comment feature. Let me know if you still have trouble.
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  3. Meg @ Meg Go Run

    “You can do it because you are doing it.” OMG I LOVE THAT. This is my new mantra. I must like the “do” part of mantras, because my go to mantra when things get tough is usually, “I’m DOING this.” And I literally say it out loud. Seriously, say that out loud sometime when you are running. You will get goosebumps and feel so bad ass. Or maybe I am nuts!!??
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  4. Karen

    Races are funny, I get really nervous. The 15K I ran last month I had to start talking to myself about mile 2. I was worrying maybe I was too tired…it was too hilly a course, then I said, “Stop!” You do this all the time. Relax, my pace, my record to be proud of is what I started thinking and luckily I zoned out a bit. I hot a personal with distance I can get to ten miles running alone but I rarely can keep going even if I am not tired…I just feel over it. That’s why I signed up for half marathon just to see if I could do it lol I think you are doing great!
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  5. Melanie

    I constantly battle with my speed/pace. I know that to get faster I have to get uncomfortable and I have to be patient. Speed will come.
    I have been known to curse in some of my mantras so I won’t repeat them : )

    http://www.40yroldrunner.blogspot.ca
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  6. Ali K. @ Hit the Ground Running

    I do the same thing. If I see I’m going really fast, I immediately think I can’t keep it up and start to slow down. I know we can both crush it, though!
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