I am in the process of psyching myself out.
I need the next two runs to be amazing. Week 6 of the 5-10K program NEEDS to be great. I need to make it great. I want to finish my run on Wednesday and have the adrenaline and momentum to carry me through the next few weeks. Otherwise, I feel like I’m going to feel dragged down, and the added negativity is the last thing I need.
Week 6 training started on Saturday. No more recovery. The plan called for a twenty-five minute steady run, and I decided to implement it on the bridge.
Oh, yes. I was back for the bridge.
At 6 AM, I had my stuff packed and was waiting for my running buddy and ride.
Oh yeah. It’s still super dark at 6 AM.
The wind was nonexistent on Sunday, which made running ten times easier. I still didn’t think I was going to make it to the top. I fixated on a road sign, just a few yards shy of the summit, and told myself that if I could make it that far, I could walk the rest of the way up.
But when I got to that sign, I saw that i just had a few more light poles to go, and dug deep. Before I knew it, the road stopped climbing and we were headed down. It was the best feeling in the world. I just couldn’t believe I made it.
Disappointingly, I wasn’t able to run back up, but I did my best. And next time I hit this bridge, I’ll work on the backside.
Step by step, right?
After the bridge, we did a brisk cool down walk through a nearby neighborhood, which was a great way to get some stretching in. It was a great way to kick off Saturday. I’m not entirely sure I actually ran a straight 25 minutes, but I think uphill counts for extra minutes. We’ll call it even.
Coming up, I have a 27 minute speedwork session and a 50 minute long run. Both are pretty intimidating, and I am just visualizing finishing strong. I hate having the pressure that this is it for a while, and I hope it doesn’t make me tighten up physically or mentally. My plan is to put one foot in front of the other, breathe deeply and evenly, and just try to get it done as best I can.
Wish me luck!
Do you ever psych yourself out? Build up a run or a training session in your mind and then completely muck it up? How do you combat that feeling?