Yesterday, I had what my coach calls a cut-down. I guess it is similar to a tempo run but a little different.
When I first started with my coach it took me a while to adjust to these runs. With most things, it gets better with practice. I find these runs are also a great way to get good at learning to keep pace. The thing is when I started my cut-downs were not as fast as they are now. Here was yesterdays scheduled run:
1 mile easy
1 miles @ 8:55-9:05
1 miles @ 8:45-55
1 miles @ 8:35-45
1 miles @ 8:20-35
1 miles easy
Just looking at these paces makes me wonder what I am doing. But this week I am determined to get all my assigned runs in at my assigned paces if possible. If nothing else I am comitted to stop making lame excuses. Although it’s not always easy.
I knew that I wanted to do this cut-down on a treadmill. I also knew that I wouldn’t be able to go till the evening. Then evening comes and I’m ready to go…… But first
Hubby has been home sick and I run to pick him up some soup (yeah, I’m good like that)
Literally while pulling into parking lot of YMCA – “Mom, can you pick me and my friends (they are out at local festival) and they are going to come back and hang out our house.” I’m like sure when only to find out that he meant right then. Out of the parking lot I go.
Hubby, “Are you still planning to go run?”
AHHHHHH, yes I am. On a day less committed, I might have said no. Not last night. So finally get to the treadmill and think that maybe I won’t do the full 6. Maybe I’ll only do 5. Maybe I won’t run as fast as cut-down calls for. On and on that little voice goes and mile by mile I shut her down.
Was the run hard. You bet, but I think that is the point. I’m always amazed when a hard run is over that I could actually do it. There is a sense of accomplishment not only with completing a hard run, but shutting down that inner voice that wants you to take the easy way out.
Some days the voice is quiet, but on these days where it is a constant struggle to shut it up I know I am that much stronger. It is learning to shut up this voice that will help me push through the wall in a marathon or any hard run for that matter. For most or at least for me, the wall is not based on pain or at least pain that can’t be run through. It is when the voice becomes to loud and I fall into the trap and listen to her. These are the runs that teach me that she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. These are the runs that will remind me that that voice is a liar.