Today I struggled to complete my workout. My training plan calls for sprints on Tuesday’s because that is what I wanted, I wanted to get faster. Today however was hard. The plan said I had to do 5 x 1000m at 4:46 pace (7:37 per mile). I decided I would do them at a faster pace then required so I cranked the wonderful treadmill up to 8.6 (6:58 per mile). I can tell you I was ready for the resting jog after each of the 5 sprints. I was able to do the first two sets with some struggle but tried to really get into it.
When I got to the third sprint I just wanted to give up and call it a bad day. I was also thinking, “maybe I should just slow down to the pace I was supposed to go and it will be easier”. Well that was the wrong thing to say to myself because I got mad at myself. I started to yell at myself internally (which is good because the gym was pretty full this evening).
Who wants it to be easier?
Would I be happier with easier?
Would I get faster with easier?
So I pushed on, but believe me I wasn’t happy! I started telling myself over and over, “you will not meet your goals with easy!” This did it to get me through the last of the sprints, I did however cut the cool down a little shorter just because I needed to stop and really catch my breath. I was happy I kept going but because of all the negative thoughts I thought I needed to challenge myself a little more (what can I say, I’m a glutton for punishment!).
Instead of just stretching I did some core work: planks, crunches, bridges, supermans and some hip flexor work with clam shells and leg lifts. At this point, I stopped. Which believe me my body was overly thrilled to do.
I would say overall today’s workout went well and so glad to have developed a new mantra: You will not meet your goals with easy! I have a feeling this will come in handy as I am only 4 weeks in to this 17 week training plan. So here we go.
Have you ever developed a mantra? What is it? If not, are you willing to give it a try? I am pretty sure once I get to the marathon my mantra will change to get me to the end but while training I think I have found a good one.
Janathon Update: Run 6 miles w/sprints with a 7:54 pace overall, 2-1min planks, 2-30 supermans, 2 sets= 30 crunches and side crunches, 12 bridges, clams, leg lifts