Yesterday I talked about how important it was to get over the mental stumbling block and be able to push yourself past that breaking point when you want to give up … Well, today’s workout was one of those workouts.
Yesterday was my first workout after completing the Seattle Rock-n-Roll Marathon. I knew that I needed to take it easy, so I ran an easy 30 minutes outside in the heat and humidity of South Carolina. It was tough, but I managed to get in right at 3.2 miles in that 30 minute time span. It was a good workout, but it did not tax my mental stamina.
Today’s workout, however, it taxed my mental stamina. My workout was a fairly simple workout in that in was a speed workout, but for an extended period of time. The workout started with a 15 minute warm-up at 5.5 mph. This was the perfect speed to get the blood flowing. I then did 3 sets of 1 mile repeats with a 2 minute recovery jog between each set. The 1 mile repeats were to be run at 7.3mph, and the recovery jog at 5.5mph. The first one mile repeat was fine. I completed it, and started my recovery jog. At that point my mind started to play with me … I was trying to tell myself that if I could do 1/2 mile for the next 4 times, that it was the same at 1 mile. But it’s not …
So I pushed myself for the second mile repeat. At about 3/4 of a mile, I started to let my mind win, but I told myself that I just ran 26.2 miles, so I can run another 1/4 of a mile. And I did … I competed the second mile repeat, and started into my recovery jog.
When that ended, I started my 3 mile repeat. Within the first 1/4 of a mile, my mind started to play with me … But I pushed, and I broke through that barrier, and managed to finish the third mile repeat.
Then just to show my mind who was the boss, I added in 4 sets of 100 meter sprints with 100 meter recovery jogs between sets. The 100 meter sprints were completed at 7.5 mph, and the recovery jogs were completed at 5.5mph.
I then finished up the workout with a 15 minute cool-down at 5.5 mph.
I finished up the workout and I feel great. I just have to push myself and not let my mind win and take over. I can do it … You can do it … Anyone can do it. You just need to break through those barriers, and put your mind to it … Needless to say, this goes with ANYTHING in life.