It is true that the body can only do so much. It can only do what it can do and no more. That is a fact. BUT what if it can’t reach it’s full potential because the mind doesn’t believe. If the mind opts out before the body is ready, it will take the body with it. It is in control.
Training teaches us to push through, push past, and to work through the pain.
It is just as important to train mentally as it is physically. The Ying and the Yang of training. The body can only do what the body can do, but with the mind on board that is where the magic can happen.
I went out for a run tonight. I knew that if I didn’t get my run in today that it wouldn’t happen. I wanted this run. I want to get back to running on a more consistent basis. I pushed myself to get out the door when truthfully I was very comfy on the couch watching Tanked. If I win the lottery, I am so having them make me a huge tank in my new house. (Dreaming the dream).
I made myself get out the door. In the back of my mind, I wanted to get at least 5 miles in if not 6. I told myself that I would settle for 3 to get myself out the door. Suited up for a night run and out the door I went. One of the beautiful things about night running is that I have no idea what pace I’m running because I can’t see my watch. So I was running by feel. There was no over thinking. Just running.
On my run, I was thinking about things and just running to run. I felt good on the run . I think it would classify as a conversational pace running night if I had anyone to chat with. I was just enjoying the big beautiful moon and what might be considered perfect running temperatures. No thinking. No over analyzing. Just running.
Here’s the thing though…. I ended up with beautiful negative splits.
11:57, 11:50, 11:28, 11:06, 10:58
5 miles that I just enjoyed.
So the lesson that I took from tonight is that although I know that the body can only do what the body can do. I also know that sometimes my mind hold me back. Sometimes I over think. Sometimes I worry too much. Sometimes it’s ok to just run.
I may see some more “naked” no watching the watch runs in my future.