This pretty much sums up my run today. I had tried hard from the very beginning of the race so I told myself I had to keep giving it my all to the very end. It wasn’t a long event but today I held onto a faster pace for the whole 6kms – something I’ve struggled with. The negative voices were banished. I didn’t listen to them. I heard positive messages, You can do this! I heard the words my friend Janette texted just before the start, Run like the Wind! I kept telling myself over and over Why slow down now when you have put in so much effort?
And I didn’t slow down. I went as hard as I could THE WHOLE WAY!
This was the Launceston Running Club’s 6km Low Head Handicapped race. Two laps around the beach road, up to the lighthouse, back around and out for a second shorter lap. It was the most beautiful autumn day with light sea breezes, sun and 15ºC. Perfect running conditions.
I was about the seventh runner to start from handicap out of about 50 there today. I love this Club, through the handicapped system everyone has the opportunity to win an event. I came in 18th place with a time of 31:30.
Today I managed to activate that switch in my head that enabled me to push through and keep running at a faster pace. This positive self talking and pep talks are proving to be the best thing ever. I told myself to get out there and have a crack and do my best! It was tough. As I came through for the second shorter lap I felt quite tired and thought it might be nice to finish but I got ANGRY at that thought and pushed on harder! I kept pushing even though my legs were tired and my breathing was getting laboured. At the finish I was red-faced and panting so hard I thought I was going to fall over! I learnt again that I can push through even when I think the tank is empty; there is always more in that tank than I think there is! The hard part is to get that reserve tank up and running.
My reserve tank.
I have one. Yes I do. Do I use it? Not very often. Today my reserve tank got a big fat activation! I learnt that even when I feel like I can’t keep going at a faster pace that I can!
I was sure I’d done a PB over 5kms. 26:16 – not a PB but not far off 25:20 which is my PB. I’m managing to shave a few seconds off my 5km time with each event I try. What do I put this down to? I put it down to help from my running friends who encourage and believe in me. Positive self talk. AND being brave. Experience has taught me that I do have a reserve tank and I won’t hit the wall and keel over. I will finish.
Thanks to some faster Friday runs with Louise I’ve had a safe place to test my reserve tank. Over the last two weeks average pace hasn’t been under 6:00 minute / km (we’ve been running 12 to 14kms). This is most speedy for me. I’m forever grateful to my speedy runny buddy for pushing me through and helping me to endure at a faster pace. The training is starting to show itself not only in the times but in the happiness factor of my running. I’m running a little faster and feeling awesome! Running isn’t always this great I know, so I will lap up the good ones while they are there to be had!
It feels good to keep getting out of the comfort zone. It really was difficult today but when that finish line was in view I felt so good! Puffed and exhausted but good!
Happy running 🙂
Low Head is a beautiful spot. Running with the sounds of the waves and the fresh sea air? Perfect. It’s a much visited tourist spot with twilight tours to see our famous Fairy Penguins. By day there is the beach and the famous Lighthouse and Pilot Station.