An important part of Point to Pinnacle training is mind training. Training the mind to believe that what was previously thought insane and undoable is completely sane and doable. That goals once thought outside the realms of possible are in fact possible.
Hills repeats and long undulating runs are the staples of P2P training. As each week of P2P training 2013 was ticked off I would get more into celebrating every incline I ran. I became known for throwing my arms up in the air and celebrating getting to the top no matter what the steepness of a hill I’d just ran. I truly believe that this celebrating on an almost daily basis trained my mind to love hills, to see them as doable which ultimately resulted in me running one my happiest half marathons (all the way up a mountain) ever.
The training, both physical and mental, got me to the top of that mountain. Coach told us to trust our training – we did and he was right. Our training had been totally trustworthy because it worked and got us all the way to the top.
Today for the first time a running goal made me seize in terror. It all of a sudden got way too real and way too scary. The Marathon Training Plan from our wonderful running Coach will be emailed today. A 14 week plan that takes in P2P and has all those really long runs in it.
My normally positive running brain went into overdrive.
You don’t really have to run a marathon – they aren’t for everyone.
Do you have the time to run all those training runs?
However will Pauly fit in the time to run and have the energy levels to do them? How will YOU?!?
The negatives flooded my soul. They gripped my heart and doubts took hold. It felt terrible.
It doesn’t help that right now I am physically and mentally exhausted from all that life is throwing at me. Farm, day job, worries, cares, issues. And a lack of sleep. I feel like I haven’t had a descent night sleep for a few weeks.
Deep breath in!
Time to start thinking positively. Time to grab my much used but terribly effective bootstraps and give them a good yank. Time to be like a rubber ball and bounce back. Time to take some of my own advice that I so often give to others.
Be your own biggest fan.
Believe in yourself.
No one is going to be prouder of you running this marathon than YOU!
Tell yourself you can run a marathon daily, twice a day, multiple times a day.
Get your mara-tude going!
Yes! This Unsporty Woman has MARA-TUDE! Whatever happens I am going to train and train and train and be the best prepared that I can be to run 42.2kms. 14 weeks of training? Here I come!
Today was Run For Your Heart 5km fun run and walk. This is the fourth time I’ve run this fun run. Familiar old feelings of nerves and anxiety came to me when I walked into Aurora Stadium today – memories of it being my second fun run and how troubled and out of place I felt. I shrugged them off as best I could. Put them back into the perspective of experience, breathing in and acknowledging just how far I’ve come since the first time I walked in to run this fun run four years ago.
I ended up pacing a lady to the finish line. At the 2km mark she asked me if I was running to a time. After parkrun yesterday I was just running for the fun of running, no pressure on myself at all. I said I’d run it in around 26 to 27 minutes. She said that if she ran it in 26 she’d get a PB. So we ran together. Towards the end she was starting to flag, with 600m to go she told me to run on. I was like an annoying blow fly! Don’t give up now, I said, start saying in your head that you can do it! She was huffing and puffing but kept up the pace. We rocked in in 26:02 taking a WHOLE MINUTE off her 5km PB! SWEET!
And then, over coffee when Coach told me about the marathon plan I was paralysed with fear?
What was once so huge is now just a short run. What once terrified me is now just ordinary. 5kms? Easy, can do it without thinking.
Running, I truly do love how you teach me that the impossible is actually possible. As long as there is commitment and belief, this marathon is doable.
Doubts and negative feelings are part of being human, but to give them wings and to dwell on them? Not helpful. I’m taking my own advice and will be telling myself twice a day for the next 14 weeks that I can indeed run a marathon.
Happy running 🙂
PS This post is dedicated to the awesome Georgie who will be running her first marathon next Sunday. She has truck loads of MARA-TUDE! Go Georgie!
PPS Run For Your Heart photo credit to the wonderfully talented Darren – thank you! When I grow up I’d like to be as good a photographer as you 🙂