It’s simple. To run faster times you have to RUN FASTER. 6X600m repeats on Tuesday and the penny finally dropped! I started to believe that I am capable of running a 5-“something” pace! It was all there in the results – my “track” record!
I don’t believe I have ever worked so hard for anything before as training for this sub-60min 10K (not even Comrades with all it’s mileage can compare). Speed work and racing is new to me. But I love it – I get such a kick out of pushing myself. I can’t believe how I could not have wanted to experience this sooner. Before running for me was all about losing weight and the experience of participating in major marathons. Now I am in it because of what it has done for me. It made me believe anything is possible. I now want to see how well I can perform and what I can achieve if I put my mind to it and do the work.
I used to get a fright when the Garmin says 5-something mins/km. Told myself that I am not suppose to go “there”. This week was different. I was excited every time I saw the “5”. I really started to believe. I could not wait to get out there on Thursday. 8X400m repeats. It took a lot of talking to myself to get my head right to believe I can maintain the pace…EVERYTIME! Tough like hell but I loved every minute of that session. I got such a kick out of pushing those limits. I had to walk home. That’s how finished I was, but without a doubt a mental breakthrough!
Definitely don’t think of myself as a 7min/km girl anymore. There is still some work to be done before my next race on the 19th Oct.
But first NIKE WE RUN JOZI this weekend!!!!!
Quote: Don’t train till you get it right; train till you can’t get it wrong!