As a triathlete, chances are there have been many workouts that you did not want to complete. You were tired, busy, or just not in the mood. You’d rather remain on the couch watching tv or go do something fun with your friends.
In my case, I was scared. Last week I had to run nine miles as part of my marathon-training plan. Nine is nothing compared to many triathletes since most have completed half marathons and even marathons after swimming and biking. However, I usually stick to sprint distance triathlons, so I did not think I was ready to take on this kind of mileage. I procrastinated as long as I could, but eventually I hit the pavement. The run was hard, but I got it done. I had a pretty view of the beach (in South Florida), it was hot enough to wear shorts, and I even saw a nice sunset.
My biggest challenge was dealing with the mental component of the workout. I was very aware that I had never ran more than 7.5 miles before, and that this run was going to be difficult. I was terrified that I was going to have to call my dad to come pick me up. In my mind, not completing this run would mean I would not be strong enough to complete a marathon, therefore crushing my dream of the past five years.
After the first couple miles I zoned out and got into a nice rhythm. I played a game with myself, smiling at every person I ran by to see how many I could get to smile back at me. It was actually entertaining because many people were so surprised to see a stranger smile at them. I’d say about 40% of people smiled back, which is a little disheartening but expected in my town.
Anyways, I had fun on the run even though it was not an easy training session. I tried my best to stay in the moment and to not think about how many miles I had left. I definitely feel stronger now that I know I can push myself to do distances I have never done before.
This weekend I’ll be running 10 miles with a group; however, I am not scared, I am actually looking forward to it! 🙂
What are some obstacles you have had to overcome in training?