The Mental Game
I lost my mental game this weekend. Maybe you can relate. I had a great week of training right up until Saturday. Saturday morning, I got all ready for my 14 mile run, met up with a new running group, and ran fine…for 2.5 miles. Maybe it was because I was still sore from Body Pump on Thursday. Maybe it was because the blisters on my feet were hurting. Maybe it was because I felt a little intimidated/ out of my league when I learned my running partner had run Boston twice. For whatever reason, I stopped at 2.5 miles and told my running partner that I would catch up in a minute. Instead, I turned around and made my way back to Iwo Jima.
I can’t tell you how much that walk back hurt. I knew that I had lost my mental focus. Yes, running is a physical sport, but like most sports, succeeding is all about your will to hang in there and beating out the voices telling you to quit, take a break, slow down. As I walked back and passed group after group of runners going the other way, starting out on their long runs, I realized that I didn’t have the mental game to do the marathon this year. I didn’t even end up running the 5K in the evening. I spent too much time out with my knee injury and blisters, and now I’ve lost my focus. I could force myself to stick to my schedule, but I won’t enjoy the long runs, and maybe I’ll come to dread the distance, which is NOT what I want.
So I decided to change my focus and mentally reset myself. I’m going to dial back the Long Beach Marathon to a half, and focus instead on enjoying my runs and building a little speed. This is what my new plan looks like:
I’ll still be running the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon in September and the Long Beach (now half) in October, with a few smaller races sprinkled in. To be honest, I’m having a hard time with my decision because it feels a little like I’m giving up, that I’m failing to meet a challenge. But in the long run, I want to enjoy running! I want to be EAGER to run the marathon next year and be ready to push myself, mentally and physically. So I know this is a good choice for me right now.
On a happier note, we ate some awesome food this weekend.
Weekend (Food) Pics
Lamb pita from Medi Friday night (obviously not Paleo, but totally worth it):
Seafood from the DC fish market:
Sushi from the Korean market:
I also made some paleo plantain pancakes Sunday morning! They looked and tasted very much like pancakes, just a little sweeter. I used this recipe here.