Topped Off a Great Week of Running With 4 Strong Miles
This morning I pushed myself out of bed at 5:30am and hit the road early for a four mile run. As I predicted after Thursday’s run, I completed the four miles with no problem using 3 minute run/30 second walk intervals (whoo!).
During most of my run this morning I was feeling incredibly strong. In fact around the 2.5 mile mark I remember thinking, “I COULD RUN 50 MILES TODAY!” But then around 3.5 miles I started getting tired and thirsty (so much for 50 miles, hah!). I extended my 30 second walk breaks to 1 minute a couple of times which gave me the boost I needed to finish strong, although it dragged down my mile 3 split. Oh well – I’ll get through it stronger next time!
While I was running around my favorite loop at the park a trainer was working with two of his runners… he seemed really awesome. He was yelling positive things to his runners at the top of his lungs, which I was really appreciative for because he motivated me too!
Mental Training for Runners
I’ve been reading Jeff Galloway’s book, “Mental Training for Runners” and have found it really helpful for my own self-motivation. Jeff talks about the science behind using positive mantras which is really interesting, and he provides his own personal advice on how to get through the hard portion of runs.
So far this week I’ve been using two running mantras that just came to me at random times during my training sessions:
- Light and free is all you have to be
- You’ve done it before and you’ll do it again
Jeff also says you should talk to the parts of your body that are causing negative thoughts, so I’ve had a couple of conversations with my calves this week. I’m not sure if talking to my calves has had any impact on the part of my brain that sends signals to my body parts telling them to stop being PITAs, but the simple fact that I’m talking to my legs makes me laugh and gets me through to the next interval.
Fourth of July 5K – Will I PR?
I’ve really enjoyed all of my runs this week (like a lot) and can’t wait to go for another run! Now that I’m increasing my mileage again I am getting excited about the 10-miler this fall, which was supposed to be my next race. But then this week I was offered a bib to run a local 5K on the Fourth of July which I couldn’t turn down.
A part of me really wants to go for a new 5K PR but with the weather being as hot as it is, I just don’t know if that’s realistic. Either way I’m excited to cross a finish line again (it’ll be the first time since The Color Run at the beginning of May) and it will be the first time my mom will see me run since she’ll be in town.
Maybe I can talk my calves into a PR… we’ll see!
Are you running a Fourth of July race? Have you ever PR’d in the heat of the summer?