I've thought a lot about the mental aspect of running since The Shamrock Shuffle a month ago. While I ran a 3 minute PR that day, I knew I could have pushed a bit harder overall. The pace I ran felt too *comfortable* for a "lung burner" of a shorter race.
This year I've got a good handle on staying healthy* and really want to see what I'm capable of with some consistent training. Physically, I'm prepared- but mentally I'm a freaking wuss!
I'm also foam rolling, stregth training, using the stick & TP Kit like my life depends on it so that I remain injury free. It's absolutely working.
*Shin pain post 10 miler last week which scared me given my history with stress fractures in that same location. The stationary bike & I had a reunion and all is good again.
I need to channel my inner 15 year old badass self who wasn't afraid of pushing the pace.
I've got a 5k this weekend and I want to fly.
Historically I generally don't train for 5ks because I favor the longer distances a lot more, But this year I really wanted to give a good effort at some shorter distances before starting marathon training.
For 2012, I was pretty damn consistent at the 5k distance:
11/24/11 22:18 PR
*Day after 20 miler. Definitely not on fresh legs
*Following 4+months of non running due to the hip flexor injury of 2012
*Hotter than &@$! Still injured
Mental Game Plan?
Did a hard 6x 400 workout yesterday to see how the shin was & felt freaking fantastic. Started at 6:37 pace and each 400 got a little faster so my 6th & final 400 was at 6:18 pace. I then entered that grey area of "will I barf or not" for 10 minutes. Must have been a hell of a workout!
I wish there was a way to "predict" my 5k time based off a workout (so I know what pace to go for), but since I've been underperforming at races, the pace calcs are of no use to me. I've got a number in my head that I'll be loosely shooting for but am more concerned with running by effort as opposed to being glued to the Garmin.
Inspiration. My Daad running his fastest 5k "old man PR" in 2011. He still holds all the current distance records between us. (Not to forget about his 16 minute 5k, 30 year old PR...)
Some things for me to remember for this weekend:
•You're so much stronger than 2012, and that 22:18 from 2011.
•Don't sell yourself short. You've put in many quality workouts.
•Let loose and FLY down that course.
•Physically, you've got this. Keep going when your mind says NO!
•This is your last chance before marathon training begins. Make it count!
•It's only 22 minutes. After that you can catch your breath.
•HTFU, and mind STFU.
•Have fun and smile!