You have very few choices in life as they say.
Give up. Give in or Give it all you’ve got.
I’m a pretty stubborn individual. Just ask my family:) That being said, I recently read a quote that brought home to me that in my running being stubborn isn’t always a good thing.
I realized that I’ve been VERY stubborn about my running. I may have been a little like a spoiled child. I wanted my running to be what I wanted and I wanted it now. We all know that isn’t how life works. Doesn’t mean that I wasn’t stubborn about it. I didn’t want to admit that for now things needed to change some. That things needed to be tweaked. I was and there will be days that I still will be stubborn again. I am trying to be more determined than stubborn now. Although stubbornness is not necessarily a bad thing when used with determination. Just not pig headed stubbornness.
Case in point
I went out for my long run yesterday. I had 12 miles that I needed to do. It was hot, but worse that that it was humid with humidity being 66%. I was determined to have a good run. I realized that in order for that to happen that I needed to set myself up for it. When I started the run, I decided that I would do a 6 to 1 run to walk ratio. There was no rhyme nor reason where that ratio came from. It just seemed like a good fit. In the beginning of the run I reminded myself of the NYCM and that it is best to hold back in the beginning to save something in the tank for the end. So I forced myself to keep to the ratio. I could run a little longer than 6 if I was going downhill or something, but I keep the walk at just a minute. It seemed to work nicely.
Now don’t think that this was an easy run. It wasn’t. I was drenched in sweat. I will say that my legs felt good or as good as they can feel on a long run. I think because of the humidity, it was more my breathing. The air just felt so heavy.
One thing that was a lifeline on my run was one of my running buddies. Before the run, she messaged me that if I needed anything to call. I knew that she was home, so I did add her to my route stopping around mile 5. Cold water from a filtered fridge is so much better than filling from hoses. I also was able to get some much needed body glide as due to all the sweating I was having issues. Then off I went knowing that she had my back if I needed anything more. That’s good feeling.
I continue on with my 6 to 1 ratio.
I’m am drenched in sweat.
I plan my run to make sure that I go by the local 7-11. Timing is perfect as I finished all my water right before coming to it. This time instead of water with Cal-ez, I opt for Gatorade. By now, the staff of 7-11 is used to me, but the customers not so much. Oh well.
I do admit that towards the end, my ratio of walk run might have been off some. My determination pushed me forward and my stubbornness got me to the 12.
Here is the funny thing. My focus on the run was to make sure that I had a little more control where I didn’t’ feel like I was doing the run fast, walk, run slow, run fast, walk, repeat method. That being said, I really did not watch my pace. I was watching the clock for time. I ended up with an average pace of 12:00 and my splits were not all over the place. Although mile 7 did throw off my average with a pace of 12:41
Overall, I am happy.
I am a little less stubborn, but just stubborn enough.
Most of all,
I am determined.