Train Your Mind…

Laguna Hills Half MarathonIf you asked me six months ago, “Would you ever run a half marathon?” I would probably laugh out loud while boldy asserting the word, “NO!” as my response. Oddly enough, I begin my 12-week training program for my first half marathon this week!

I signed up for the Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon on May 26th, which is exactly 12 weeks from tomorrow! I will say, 13.1 miles still intimidates me, but I am determined to make it happen, and am ready to dedicate the next couple months towards achieving that goal.

For me, a half marathon seemed unreachable, because I had always told myself that I was “just a sprinter.” I used to hate running anything further then 400 meters because I told myself that I could not do it. Finally, I’ve learned, that the biggest hurdle in my way, was not that I was not good enough to run, it was my mind telling my body that I was not good enough, and my body listened.

I was great at making excuses in life; I’m too tired, I don’t have time, or I’m not good enough. All of these excuses were just my mind’s way out of doing the work. I have finally learned that to excel, you have to train your mind, like you train your body.

My new attitude is yes, I can do this and I will do this. I learned that my fear and anxiety only live in the future, and right now, all I can do is focus on the present, one run, one day at a time. When I am feeling exhausted and want to quit, I tell myself, that these tough moments won’t last forever, my body can get through this and regrets last forever. Run, simply because you can.

Run because you canThe mind is extremely powerful over the body. The negative thinking was completely killing my run. Where your mind goes, your body follows. If you tell yourself you cannot run anymore, your body stops. Your brain needs to be trained just like your body to help you overcome this negative thinking.

I learned that I need to stop doubting myself and be more confident. I need to remain positive and remember the good runs I have had and not focus on the bad ones.

I learned not to compare myself to others. Today, I ran in The Coaster Run 10K at Knott’s Berry Farm. It was a personal record for me and I finished with a time of 49:23 / 7:58 pace. I beat my first Turkey Trot 10K time by 5:26! That is huge! I finished in under 50 minutes, which was a personal goal, and I placed 4th overall in my age division. Sadly, my first reaction to finishing 4th in my division, was feeling like I did not do good enough. Thankfully, my brain slapped that thought out of my head quick, and I realized, how happy I was to accomplish my personal goals. Running is not about me being better then someone else, it’s about me being better then I used to be.

Coaster RunThe Coaster Run *Photo courtesy of Nicole L. (Pictured: Hollie, Jen, Nicole, Heather)

So, my half marathon training begins this week. Not just the physical training but the mental training as well. I am excited for the new challenges and ready to hurdle the mental obstacles that I will probably throw in my own path.

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Posted on March 2, 2014, in Life of Holls, Run Mama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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