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Sweet November

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photo-13November just turned out to be a great month. Weather has just been perfect for early morning running and my hard work is slowly starting to pay off! I am on such a high at the moment, just seems like everything is starting to come together. I see progress every single day and that keeps me motivated. Major surprise…I received the ‘Spirit of Comrades’ award at KRC’s Awards evening. Did not see that one coming. Really chuffed with myself!

I AM getting faster

photo-12Training has been going exceptional well. I have been lucky enough to stick to my programme. I manage to run a sub-30min 5K in a training run! Just decided one morning I am going to go all out. And there it was, 29mins! My proven “track” record that I am capable of running a 10K in under 60mins, just need to keep the focus…

Races are so unpredictable. So many things have to go right on the day to run a PB. Based on the paces that I am able to hit in my workouts it is just a matter of time and place now. I manage to cut-off another 2 minutes of my 10K time in my last race for a new PB of 62mins. I can now smell that sub-60min 10K – 2mins, that’s less than 400m away!!! (I manage to hit 1:53 during a 8X400m repeats session, so I know I can do this)

I NEED to get much stronger

Hills are still my nemesis so I need to get serious about strengthening my core. I don’t particular like the gym workouts, but I can see how this too will help me become a faster stronger runner. Just need to do more of it…

Working hard on my mental toughness

My weakest link is still my mind. I still have a lot of work to do when it comes to mental toughness. I give up way to easy, but I can feel that with each race I am getting stronger and better at keeping my pace for longer and not give in to the urge to WALK!

I’ve been watching what I am eating

The last 3 months I have been following all the twitter hype on the Paleo and LCHF diet and man is it confusing. Keep asking myself so what’s next? What I do know is that refined sugars and carbs are not good for the body and so I have been slowly just cutting out the bad stuff!

One of the guys I follow on twitter is Brian Mackenzie from Crossfit Endurance and I just like the plain and simple way in which he explain things like processed foods and his take on the paleo and lchf thing. Basically he is saying “If it come out of a box” it’s not good…I can relate to that.

Yes, now I am reading the labels! I don’t have cereal for breakfast, don’t eat bread, I don’t drink sugar in my coffee anymore, no fruit juices or fizzy drinks, drinking sparkling water (until someone tells us that’s a no-no) to curb those cravings BUT I have lost 4kg so far!!!

Keep Focus

I feel healthier and fitter than I have ever been in my entire life. All this just makes me very happy and excited – really looking forward to start training for my Comrades 2014 qualifier now!

Becoming Mentally Tough…

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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