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Mind Over Matter, Not

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I run 4 miles everyday.  Not really.  I have never run 4 consecutive miles without stopping in my entire life.  In fact, I can probably count on one hand the number of times I have run 3 consecutive miles without stopping.  I did it a couple times two years ago when I was using “Couch 2 5K”.  It was hard.  And after I knew it was possible, I started convincing myself during my runs that I didn’t really need to push myself to run the whole thing anymore because I had already proven that I could do it when needed.  Here it is two years later and I still have the same mindset.  I bust out of the gate.  8:02 for the first mile.   4 minutes for the next half mile.   Eh, I think I’ll walk now.  Catch my breath for 15 or 20 seconds.  OK, I’ll run for 120 paces now.  Hmm.  I think I’ll walk now.  OK, now I am going to run to the next fire hydrant.  On and on it goes.  I have this internal struggle with myself.  And I always lose.  I am amazed that I can run 5K in under 27 minutes considering that I must walk for half a mile.  Earlier this month, I decided to up my runs to 4 miles.  I am hoping to build endurance.  But more importantly, I am hoping that by stretching to 4 miles, I will actually stretch the length of my initial run before I start walking.  No luck yet.  I still start walking somewhere between 1.5 and 1.75 miles.  It doesn’t matter what route I run.  I am not out of breath.  I am not cramping.  My mind just decides its time to walk.

Roland