I CAN I CAN I CAN
Usually when running as long as I get out the door I enjoy my runs…. Not lately. I get out the door and unless I am running with my group I struggle for at least the first 6 km which is a descent distance. My head seems to have a little bit of a fog questioning my ability to go the distance. Questioning if I really can do a full marathon by May 1st.
I have still kept up on my training schedule:
Monday: Pace Run
Tuesday: Strength Training
Sunday: Long Run
I have struggled was believing in myself. I know many people struggle with this so I am hoping my solution will help you.
On Sunday as all Sundays, I got up and had my smoothie before meeting my running clinic for their longest run to date 10k! So proud of them!
From there I went home, changed and then took off to part two of my run that is my personal training run and longest run of the week, 11 miles. I packed a gel for energy, had some water and away I went.
The first 6km as per usual were agonizing, I had every excuse in my head on why I should quit and how I am not good enough to pull off my goals. Then it hit me! My legs felt great, my breath was steady, I was doing great! An older lady passed me walking so carefully with her cane and smiled and it perked me up even more. That was it! I am so lucky to be able to run and should enjoy it for that reason alone! I focused the next 4 km’s on smiling at every single person that passed by me, I touched the trees, I took a good look at my surrounding and realized I am doing great for me! As km 10 hit I went to reach for my gel and well it was gone… I must have forgot it. Those “I cants” tried to sneak in again but I pushed them out with a smile! I spend the remainder of my run smiling at everyone and taking in the beauty of what is running!
Sometimes I get so caught up in the time that I forget the beauty that surrounds running. The moral of the story is YOU CAN. I promise you can and those I cants are mental bully’s IGNORE THEM and SMILE.
I hope this helps anyone who is going through an I CANT situation.
Dig Deep and Smile, You Can Do it!