Today’s training run called for running two 1-mile intervals at a pace of 9:26. I tried to keep my effort on the high end of moderate, and during my first mile I was certain that I was running too slow. I knew I would miss the mark, and I would hear the training app’s voice tell me “Looks like you’re having a hard time today,” which, to my sarcastic ears, translates to “Way to go, loser.” I found myself rehearsing the excuses I would write here for my poor performance: it was hot and muggy; I’m still congested; I was running too close to last night’s long class. Then I hit the end of the interval, and the voice announced that I should take it easy and watch my speed to conserve energy. My pace had been 8:42.
The thing is, this happened every training run. I am always convinced that I am running far slower than the target. I am always rehearsing my excuses. And I have only once heard the voice tell me that I was having a bad day…and then on only one interval out of four for that day. I suspect my pessimism is helping me, since I am not likely to slack on any interval for fear that I am already at risk of missing the target. It keeps me pushing a bit harder, and as a result I am consistently blowing through my goals.
I hope this will translate into finally beating my 2 hour finish time demon during one of this year’s races.
- Training run: 1 mile warm up, drills and strides, 2 intervals of 1 mile @ less than 9 minutes a mile followed by 60 seconds jogging, 1 mile cool down
- Cinnamon raisin Ezekiel muffin with peanut butter
- Smoothie: Banana, frozen raspberries, Red leaf lettuce, romaine, kale, Vega One Vanilla Bean, and water
- Coffee with vanilla stevia and almond milk
- Post-run: Vega Sport Recovery Protein Bar
- Red lentil spinach soup with 1/2 whole grain wrap
- Cucumber water
- Tempeh Avocado Wrap
- Pico de Gallo chips
- Moroccan mint tea
- 1/2 vegan chocolate chip cookie