I’m sure I’m not the only one who learns new things about themselves, or discover what they might have suspected to be true.
Back at the end of last year I wrote a post of a goal that I had this year, to run a marathon. I signed up feeling that it was a good goal, a goal I needed and within reach if I trained hard for it. It didn’t happen. I was supposed to run the marathon April 28. Sickness (I made the mistake of running for 90 minutes with a bad chest cold) that set me back, a work schedule that picked up interfered with my training but I think the largest contributor was realizing I need something to occupy my mind for the long runs. Now, it very well could be that doing my long runs on a treadmill is not the smartest thing to do but there wasn’t much of a choice since my training was during the hard cold winter here in Canada. Or if running inside maybe I need one of these to keep the mind busy. Don’t see that happening anytime soon.
But I definitely lack the mental stamina to be on a treadmill for more than 60 minutes, 90 minutes tops. And it didn’t help that I constantly had audio troubles with my phone. I would line up a podcast to listen to and about 50 minutes in it would crap out and I would have to try to get it back on track and yeah, that usually didn’t work. I would be left with listening to rhythm of of the treadmill, the sound of my feet landing. And my mind would get the best of me.
I have run further before. I used to go for 3 hour, almost 4 hour runs a few years back. All outside. It was nice. I chose roads where traffic was light and the mixing up of scenery was a great way of keeping the mind busy. Roads that have forests right next to them would help you forget you were running. I think that’s the trick, keeping the mind occupied. The runs go by quicker and the other win is whenever that event comes up that you have been training for, no adapting to outside elements is needed since you’ve already did all your training outside.
So that’s it. That’s my story about that. I wish I could have updated that I completed my goal and it would have been a good news post but I guess that’s life. Life has it’s failures and this is one of them.
I learned something about myself and I now that’s an obstacle I have to address.
Yours in health,