Friday, January 13, 2012

There's running and then there's thinking about running

Running is mental, you can have the strength, you can have the speed, but if you don't have the mind, then all the strength & speed you have is useless.

I picked this quote up off of Twitter posted by @MdotDoc and retweeted by @JJKidDynomite. Social media is a blast isn’t it!?!

I have been thinking a lot about running lately. It is funny but when it comes to swimming I rarely think about it. I show up to MAC Masters, check out the workout, either grin or sigh depending on distance vs speed set listed, and dive in. When it comes to cycling, I am looking for and expect an adventure whenever I hit the road. But when it comes to triathlon training, the majority of my thoughts are dominated by the run. Everyone has an opinion on how to run faster, how to avoid injury, what shoes to wear, what stride to have . . . it is so overwhelming. I don’t know if runners feel this overwhelmed in the water – if they do I feel for them. It has taken some time for me to realize that the secret to running isn’t in the shoes or the stride or a magic set at the track, it is in your attitude.

If I continue to approach the run like it is my crippling weakness then there will always be a Lex Luther lurking on the run course with an armful of Kryptonite. Instead I need to recognize that I am good a runner – I am just not as good at it as I am swimming and cycling. Lots of people say I should “dumb” down my swimming. Well I say I need to “smarten” up my running. The first step is . . . .well . . . running.

So last week was my first big week of run focused training. For a runner, 40 miles probably isn’t a lot. For me? Well it is a shit ton. I have trained for two ironmans on less than an average of 25 miles a week. The funny thing is I ran so much I don’t even remember the other workouts, the swims and the bikes – just the runs. Ha ha ha that sounds funny – I digress.

The second step is viewing my run as a source of strength. Often when I am racing I am waiting to get run down. I am so used to it I expect it. This is no attitude to have! How can I possibly expect to run to my potential if this is the prevailing thought in my head (the others being: wow this hurts, why do I do this, and I wonder where the nearest Dunkin Donuts is)?

So I am left with a lot of work to do . . . but of course that is the best part! 

PS. I know this blog post is lame. Don't judge me.