“Bitchin’ Focus” (the slogan my running buddies run with)
Joan Benoit-Samuelson (one seriously epic woman! Hello 1st ever women’s Olympic marathon winner, Boston Marathon winner, and former women’s world record holder)
With a new attitude and perspective on things I made it through the rest of my run with minimal issues with my hamstring. The next day I was able to complete a long slow distance run of 22-miles—the longest run of my training cycle—at a 9:23 pace, right on point for my target long slow runs. A perfectly placed Dropkick Murphy’s “Shipping Up to Boston” right at the end of my run made for an epic finish that left me with lots of confidence! I followed up with stretching and an ice bath and crossed my fingers and waited….
Where am I today? Today, one month shy of Toronto, I’m not so sure. I ran on Tuesday and was fine, completing a 6-mi easy run with an 8:54 pace. The first 3-miles felt like snot, but not because of any hamstring related issues…but I warmed up and finished strong. Yesterday, well yesterday I was supposed to be doing another track workout and my hammy was barking at me again. I’m not sure if it was real or if it was psychosomatic, knowing that this is the workout that hurt me last week. I iced it while at work and took an acetaminophen to help…and then I pondered…should I be “brave” and do my workout and hope this isn’t real? Do I “be” flexible and trust that my training has been enough thus far and just do a regular general aerobic paced run and bail on the speedwork? We will see—I sent an email to my coach to see what I should do. But one thing I am trying very hard to not do is “Be” pessimistic… because being a pessimist certainly won’t help me! But “Believing” that I can do anything in the face of adversity will help me!
UPDATE: After talking with my coach we changed my work out to be 9-slow miles; I need to trust my training…be brave, be fierce, be epic…believe!
What about you? Are you training for a race right now? How is it going? What hurdles are you overcoming? Do you fall prey to negative self-talk too?