Ever since I began running distances, I’ve found the mental strength as important if not more than the physical strength. The long run provides a good balance of time and endorphins to help me process, solve problems, and tap into my creativity. The long run removes the noise and allows me to think.
Many of my longest training runs have incorporated multiple loops where I headed out with a plan to return home, grabbed stashed food and ventured back out for more loops. What got me out on those multiple loops? One mantra:
I’d often say the words aloud, “Don’t think”. Whether spoken aloud or in my own head, that mantra worked.
Recently, after a long day at work, I gathered up my running clothes and dashed off to change. Of course, knowing my fellow Scores Running Club friends would be there helped motivate me to dive into the cold darkness. But once again, I leaned on my old mantra friend:
Whether it's four miles after work or a forty mile training run, the toughest part is getting out there. Darkness by 4:30 pm, cold temperatures, snow, ice, (I imagine locusts are next??), all contribute to that lethargic feeling that is winter running.
As usual, within the first mile or so, none of that matters and I feel good and healthy and happy. Ironically, because I choose “Don’t think”, my run allows me….