My morning long run was a five miler today. When I first opened my eyes, I audibly groaned.
I just didn’t think I could do five miles! I mean I’m out of shape, aren’t I? I’m overweight, aren’t I? I’m no runner!
As I laced up my shoes and chugged some water, I donned my best “determination face” and head out.
After walking for five minutes and warming up, I set out. I decide to run a slower pace than normal. Slower than comfortable with a cadence between 140 and 150 bpm.
The first mile felt amazing. I felt strong – like I could keep going forever.
Before I realized it, I had clicked away a few more miles and reached my turn around point – still feeling strong.
For the last mile and a half or so, I decided to push for negative splits. I pushed my pace up and didn’t start feeling the burn until I had less than a quarter mile left to go.
The last leg required more determination but knowing it was almost over made it so doable! I finished strong and felt so proud.
I ran five miles without stopping and I can do more!
So what’s the moral of the story? The hardest part was heading out the door – fighting the negative self thoughts.
In the future I will remember that I can do this. I can run __ miles. I -am a runner, because I choose to run!!
What negative thoughts do you fight?
How do you get motivated to lace up and head out?