We are now entering “longest run of my life” territory. The longest race I’ve run to date is a half marathon (13.1 miles). Up until last weekend that was the longest distance I’d covered, too. We’re over the halfway mark of marathon training. The marathon is less than 8 weeks away. From here on in, all long runs, save for cut back weeks, will be at least 13 miles.
For me, at least, running for over 2 hours is a huge mental endeavor. There is so much doubt and so much emotional bargaining. (Thoughts like, “Slow down you have 6 miles to go” clash with others taunting, “You’ve run half marathons way faster than this 7-mile run. What gives?”) Even with my ankle issues (knock on all the wood) it’s easier to train for the physical aspects of the race than the mental ones.
Maybe that’s why I loved this article by Leo Babauta, “The Destructive Habit of Evaluating Everything We Do.” Babauta writes,
“We are in the mental habit of constantly evaluating everything we do, to see if we’re worthy or not. (Btw, we do this with other people as well, and with life situations in general — everything is evaluated as “good” or “bad”).
This mental habit of evaluating everything — while completely normal and natural — is actually pretty destructive.
Because every time you evaluate yourself, you are hurting your happiness.”
He goes on to break down this theory and offer a semi-solution in the form of the creation of a new habit,
“It… doesn’t matter if you did something good — your gratitude and contentment don’t depend on how you do at anything. You can do something well and be grateful and content, or you can do something poorly and be grateful and content.”
I recommend reading the full article if you’re interested in this behavior change.
Anyway, here’s how week 8 of marathon training shook out:
Tuesday: 3.5 miles in NYRR group training
Wednesday: 5.3 miles (was meant to run 6 miles, but you know, life)
Thursday: BFX Burn at NYSC Lab (Great teacher alert: Juan Hidalgo at NYSC Lab!)
Saturday: 13.5-mile run. I ran along the perimeter of the bottom of Manhattan.
Sunday: Flywheel class
Before I leave you, I wanted to share this article from Outside magazine, “15 Words Every Outdoor Lover Should Know (But Doesn’t).” Example:
“Datsuzoku (脱俗) (Japanese, n.): Freedom from habit, escape from the routine and conventional”
How was your week? What’s the hardest part of training for you?