There is a point in the run where the mind says a resounding enough. STOP! It screams at us to desist from this activity and resume normal modes of being (that is, not running).
My experience tells me that once that point is reached that that’s pretty much it. The test is to find the place before that point is reached.
I found that place on Sunday during the Gold Coast Marathon. I recognised and acknowledged the warmth, the hot sun and the humidity but told myself it was ok and that I could do this run. I kept in touch with my happy attitude and from time to time asked that Central Governor up there in my mind if it was ok, if it was under control. Yep, I’m doing fine, it said back to me. All the visualisation and mental toughness training is starting to pay off. Running distance is truly as much a mental game as it is a physical one.
Gold Coast Marathon had an amazing upbeat atmosphere. Picture palm trees, glimpses of the beach and the rolling waves, happy volunteers everywhere, awesome enthusiastic crowds lining the course and cheering. There were even motivational runners from the 32km mark who ran with runners who were flagging, buoying them up and keeping them running. Could there be a more well organised event with all the key ingredients to help runners do their best on the day?
I learnt so much about myself as a runner on Sunday. I didn’t achieve all my goals for the run but I got a long way ahead with them. Particularly I would run to the last drink table, take a drink and walk for a little way then run again. That’s a major win for me. I did do some walking in the last 12kms. I wasn’t happy with that but I still came in under five hours.
Coach recommended a book by Matt Fitzgerald called How Bad Do You Want It? I’m not even half way through and already the book is helping. This book introduced the concept of the Central Governor. It’s helping me to see that I limit myself mentally and how to release that limiter. I will write a review when I’ve finished the book.
All up Gold Coast Marathon was a winner of a run. I am more determined than ever to be at the start line of the Bruny Island 64km Ultra in December. I can do this.
The biggest thank you to my running buddies Pauly and Louise. To Janette, Grant and Karlee who were support crew on the day, jumping on and off trams to be at key points to cheer and encourage. To some Tasmanian runners who were up there on the day especially Lorraine, Pete and Sharon. And especially thanks to my wonderful Coach Craig and Tina.
If I can run marathons and challenge myself to go further, then whatever your further might look like, you can do it too. Believe in yourself. If your can-do attitude is struggling then get into some metal toughness training. It works.
Was running marathons six weeks apart a good idea? Well, yes, so far so good. Two months time is Marathon number five, Ross Marathon. Bring it on.
Happy running 🙂
Photos take by the wonderful Janette…here are a few more