I remember the first time I ran a double loop marathon. I thought it would be hellish. I remember when I ran my first ultra, Stonecat 50, comprised of four 12.5 mile loops in the woods. And who could forget Ghost Train, where I ran/walked/slept-walked 100 miles via 6.6667 out-and-backs on an old rail bed. Physical training is key, but mental strength is what I rely most on.
This morning, I decided to run my ten miles within the confines of my little community. That meant loops. Three loops to be exact. I had that same hellish thought about running loops, but figured it could only help me continue to strengthen my mental toughness as I head to the Caloosahatchee Ultra (a three loop course) next week.
The transformation in my thoughts from the first loop through the third is pretty typical –
- OMG, I suck
- And I call myself a runner
- I give up
- Why is this so hard
- And I have a race in one week
Stopped at my house, took a few moments, received encouraging words from Scott and a tail wag from Bella. Time to get my body AND my mind in gear!
- OK, nothing hurts so lock it up
- Whoa, this feels better
- GU & salt tabs are indeed magical
- Starting to feel strong again
- I may actually make ten miles afterall
- No I WILL make ten miles
- I’ve got this
When I returned home for the second time, Scott commented about my smile. #thingsarelookingup
- I can’t believe I feel so much better
- I’m so proud of turning this run around
- I'm so glad I pushed past the 3 mile mark
- Hm, pace feels comfy
- I could definitely go farther
- Can’t wait to rock tomorrow’s run
- Go me
Now if someone can just remind me next Saturday to skip right to Loop 3 thoughts, that'd be greatttttt!!!