Why is it when we don’t reach our goals on a run, we automatically turn to excuses?
As soon as I realized I wasn’t going to meet any of my pace goals on my run this morning, my mind was full of them.
- I’m still fighting my sore throat from the cruise
- My legs are still recovering from yesterday’s NROLFW and speedwork
- The blanket of humidity makes it feel like I’m running through a thick, hot cloud
- I’m tired
- I’m thirsty
- and so on and so on
It’s not that all of the excuses weren’t valid (because, you know, they generally are – right?) it’s that my mind automatically flipped a switch and instead of telling me I could do this, it reverted straight to reasons why I’m not going to do this. When my legs started to waiver, my mind started to give up to and after that – no matter how much I tried – I couldn’t get to my goal. All I could think about was why my legs were tired, why my throat hurt, and why I felt like I was back in Cozumel all over again. Ugh.
I guess that’s why running is 90% mental.
My goal was to hit 9:00min/mi for the 6 miles, but I obviously realized that wasn’t happening as soon as I took off. My legs were shot, my mind was shot, and I was lucky I got through all 6 miles at all. Oh well.
- 1/2 cup Cinnamon Cheerios
- 1/2 cup Quaker Oatmeal Squares
- 1/4 cup Back to Nature Chocolate Granola
- 1/2 Apple
- Plain Yogurt
I can’t get enough cinnamon. 🙂
What are your tips for overcoming the mental running game?