Today’s training was another fun tempo run/race-The Chilly Chase 10K in Vancouver, BC. There was a 5K, 10K, 15K and half marathon option. Instead of getting in as many miles as possible I chose the 10K tempo run option 🙂
Here’s the run on Strava.
As I was warming up my mind settled on words from a podcast I listened to yesterday. It was the Running On OM podcast and host Julia Hanlon was chatting with Lauren Fleshman -Olympic runner and blogger/writer. Lauren was answering listeners’ questions and one of the questions sent in by a listener asked for tips to increase mental strength in training and racing. The sender of the question felt she was not reaching her potential due to a lack of mental strength. I have been reading about mental training and mindset as I know that it is going to be a huge part of getting through my 100 mile race in July. I am currently reading Travis Macy’s book “The Ultra Mindset” which is great. Julia and Lauren came at the subject in a slightly different way and I loved their conversation.Their comments included
“Ask yourself -should I be trying to do that thing that I keep NOT doing?” “Let it go a little”
“Recalibrate your goals and PRACTICE ACHIEVING your goals”
“Practice succeeding and living up to expectations instead of practicing NOT living up to expectations”
“Saying you have a lack of mental strength is NOT TRUE. You are asking your brain to do something it’s not ready to do yet. Work up to it”
“Get used to believing that you can do the things you set out to do”
“It is so important that you tell yourself you are mentally strong…..feed the flowers”
I ran the race with these thoughts in my head. I ran my best time in the last few years 47.37.