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25K Training – Week 10 – The Mental Block Is Now Gone!

Posted Mar 27 2010 10:29am

Today was my longest run ever at 14.7 miles. I have struggled in my mind for a long time with the mere thought of running this 25K and in a sick sort of way, I have been looking forward to this weeks run so that once and for all I could go beyond that feeling of “I can’t do this”! Well at 3/4 of a mile short of a 25K today, I am now convinced that physically and mentally, “I can do this”!

Even as I sit here with ice on my hips because I was walking a bit like a duck, I am elated that I have once and for all beat this head demon that has plagued me for many, many months. I can do this and even though I won’t finish this race with record breaking speeds, I am now fully confident that I will finish the race and my 2.5 hour race day goal is in realistic site at this moment.

It’s amazing to me how far I’ve really come. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time (and if you are overweight and needing inspiration to get going I suggest you start at the beginning) you know where I came from and where I am now. The first 7 months of this blog is fighting through the doubts of losing 100 lbs. and walking a few miles a day. Here I am 1 1/2 years later and preparing for 25K, feeling the best overall I ever have in my life!

I’m not special. I’m just like you. I have doubts and trials along the way but I am proof that this can be done with perseverance and commitment. I’m far from the end of my journey and God shows me everyday what new lessons he has in store for me along the way. I could in a minute go back to my old eating habits if I allowed myself to, but I can’t. I have to maintain this “lifestyle change” I’ve made.  THIS DIET NEVER ENDS!

I bought two new toys to aid in my training this week. The first was a “Fuel Belt”. If you Google that term you will find it easy enough. It is basically a water belt that you wear while running or exercising (see photo). I bought the 6 bottle version as I knew for my long runs I would need it. If you only make shorter runs or rides on the bicycle, you can purchase the version that would be best for you. Many prefer the 4 bottle version.

Fuel belt 6 bottle version

Fuel belt 6 bottle version

I found this to be a great improvement over the backpack I tried two weeks ago. After about a mile or so, I stopped noticing I had the belt on and I managed to get bottles in and out with no huge difficulties. I kept moving the empties to the back of the belt and rotating the full ones forward. I was able to do this for the most part with 1 hand but occasionally had to use two hands to get them back into the pockets on the belt. It uses a velcro closure and stayed tight and comfortable around my waist during the run. It also has a pouch on the belt for carrying incidentals like energy chews or gels, identification, and even a cell phone if you desired.

Garmin GPS Forerunner 305

Garmin GPS Forerunner 305

The second toy I purchased this week was a Garmin Forerunner 305. This little gadget is cool! It tracks everything you do during your run or exercise training session and keeps a history of it. It comes with software to analyse your workout and has too many features for me to list here. I would suggest that you Google this as well. They have cheaper versions without the heart rate monitor and depending on what your goals are, that may sufficient for you as well. I am only beginning to use this so more on this one later as I discover all that it can do. It definitely helped me keep pace as I ran and would have been nice to have in last weeks race to let me know I was running so slow lol!

Get out there and do something! Whether it’s walking, running, biking, what ever, just do it as Nike always says. The healthier new you is but a smarter diet and some exercise away. I’ve done it and so can you!

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