Mind Over Matter, Not


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.



One thought on “Mind Over Matter, Not”

  1. Try not pushing it so hard on the first mile. Try running the first mile, maybe two, slower, and THEN run faster… What I’ve done when the “walking” syndrome hits is let myself stop, but only for a second, and then start again. Immediately … What I noticed was that one day I just didn’t stop, but I suspect it’s different for every runner.

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