Becoming Mentally Tough…


Yes, I have now become completely obsessed with my “silly” 10K time goal. I know I can do it, which is why I cannot let go, not yet. My training has been going so well. Racing, that’s another story. But everyday I see and feel that I am becoming stronger both physically and mentally. I love getting out every morning just giving my best. Honestly, never have there been a time where I did not want to get up for my run in the mornings. If I have missed a session it’s because I was listening to my body and then could not wait for the next day to get out there. I think I am now officially a running addict.

My last three 10K races were not the easiest. They all came with their own challenges…from massive crowds, slow starts, heavy down pours to very hilly courses. I just keep telling myself what does not kill you makes you stronger. I have learned a lot about pacing, racing and mental strength in the last 8 weeks. This is so different from running the marathon. I am completely focus on the task at hand. There really is no time to think (the reason why I have not blogged that often as well, I normally come up with my blog content on those long runs). But with shorter hill sessions and repeats I just focus on getting through the session and nothing else!

It is clear that my 10K time goal is not gonna come easy. Not even sure if it will happen in 2013. If I want to run this 10K PB I have to learn to become tough and aggressive mentally. Clearly the focus for the next few weeks! But I don’t mind. I don’t think I have had so much fun with my running as I am having right now. It is so nice to just train hard and build yourself for your future adventures. No pressures of major marathons looming (at this stage).

Quote: “Push harder than yesterday, if you want a different tomorrow” Anonymous

About Moerieda Mackay

Late to running and absolutely loving it! I'm married to my soulmate, Adam and blessed with 3 beautiful children. I am a Business Transformation and Innovation Professional and holds a MSc (Eng) in Industrial Engineering. Yip, a bit of a workaholic. I became addicted to ultra running whilst searching for that elusive “work-life” balance at the age of...40! I have no sporting background and with zero athletic ability running is by far the most challenging thing I've taken on but it has put me on a path of self discovery and serious transformation both physically, mentally and spiritually...and I love it!

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