I spent yesterday morning at my happy place – the track! My workout called for 5x 1 mile with a 400m jog in between each. Mile repeats have always been one of favorite workouts but man this workout was tough!! Luckily the local running club was out there doing a workout and having a bunch of other people around really helped push me through all 5 repeats. 5:41, 5:38, 5:39, 5:39, 5:34.
I got my warm-up and cool-down in on the trails right near the track at it was absolutely glorious. I love how shady the trails here are – so much different than in Cali!When I got home from my workout I made Amanda’s Eggy Banafied Oats for breakfast. I have been wanting to try this recipe forever and I’m kicking myself for not trying it sooner. It was easy to make, so so tasty, and kept me full and satisfied all morning! I topped mine with chocolate PB2, raspberries, banana, cinnamon and honey. This is for sure going to be a part of my regular breakfast rotation from now on! —————————————————————————–
It has been almost a month since I started working with my coach and in the past few weeks I have done some of the hardest workouts I have done since college. 400m repeats, 800m repeats, faster tempo runs than I’ve been doing, long runs with a pretty quick pace, and today’s mile repeats. Yes, they have been hard physically but I’ve been surprised with how well my body has handled them after two years off for that kind of work. What I have noticed is that while my muscles are strong and getting stronger – my mind during these hard efforts is still pretty weak.
I can’t tell you how many times yesterday I thought about stopping the workout early – these moments were usually during the second half of a mile repeat and I was hurting and tired. But I got myself through all 5 by telling myself to “just do one more”. When I finally crossed the finish line after mile #5 I laid down on the track to catch my breath for a second and while I was laying there I couldn’t help but wonder why I had wanted to stop early.
I ran every mile at (or under) the pace my coach wanted, and the jogging rest was just what I needed before starting the next interval – so why WHY did my brain think that I needed to stop?? Then it hit me – In college I had gotten to a place where I was comfortable being uncomfortable in my workouts and races. And after I graduated my training got significantly easier (even though I was running more miles a lot of these miles were much easier) and I settled into a place of comfort! This comfort/discomfort is all mental – my brain needs to relearn what it’s like to train and race in that place of discomfort. I am so excited to be working with a coach that is giving me these workouts that will make me really uncomfortable during training and will give me the opportunity to practice for what I’ll be feeling on race day. That is how I will get faster and I am so excited about it!
My coach and I were texting about my workout later in the day and I LOVED this one thing he said…
Tell me about your run today! Was it on the road, trails or a track??
How do you get comfortable being uncomfortable?