Saturday was run # 3 with Team Myles. It was by far the most challenging and the most rewarding run yet.
The day started out with our team donating gently used athletic shoes and new socks for the Shoe Mountain kick off at Mic Mac Mall. For anyone who is unaware of what Shoe Mountain is, check out this link for more information: https://bluenosemarathon.com/races-events/ After the launch speeches, we hung our shoes on the Shoe Mountain, took some photos with Team Myles, met Myles, and did our Team Myles cheer before heading out for our run.
Run # 3:
After the Shoe Mountain kick off, we walked over to the Shubie Park trails where we would be running 3 minutes and walking 1 minute repeatedly for 30 minutes (15 minutes out and than back again). This may not sound like a lot to many people, but going into it, the little voice of doubt was chattering on in my ear telling me that there was no way I could do this. The 1st run (the Saturday before at Point Pleasant Park) was only 2 minutes of running, followed by 1 minute of walking repeated for 24 minutes, and I really struggled with that… so how was I going to get through this?
Going into this, we were told that running is a lot more mental than physical. During this run, I finally started to see the truth to that. I was full of so much doubt that I set myself up for failure from the start of the run. By the middle of the second run, I already felt like I was struggling. Thankfully, our coach Devin Sherrington was running alongside me, and he is a master at extinguishing doubt. He was able to distract me with conversation so that helped me to stop focusing on trying to count down the time in my head. I found myself really struggling with the fourth run section (the last run before we turned back to return to the start); I kept thinking that the further I ran out, the further I’d have to run back. We kept going anyway, but I was definitely thinking about how much longer it was going to take me to ‘walk’ back because I honestly did not think I would be able to run any further.
On the way back, I really started noticing the hills. I tried to remind myself that 15 minutes ago I thought I was done but I was still going, and that helped some, but not enough. On one particularly steep hill run (or at least, steep in my mind), I was ready to throw in the towel. I told Devin that I couldn’t run any further, but he insisted that I could. I didn’t think he was right…. but of course he was. I kept running, slowly, but still running. Finally, we made it up the hill, only to find that there was another one right after it! Devin reminded me that once we got up the hill, it was literally downhill from there. I made it through the hill, with no shortage of huffing and puffing, and then it was time to walk again. And let me tell you, I have never been so happy to walk for a minute! There was one more small hill before the end of the trail. We ran up the hill, and with the end in sight, the doubt disappeared and a burst of energy and confidence swooped in. I completed the run feeling like a large weight had been lifted from my shoulders. Afterwards, I felt fantastic, mentally and physically. I was so proud of myself. I had started out feeling so doubtful and apprehensive, and with lots of encouragement was able to push through and experience this awesome feeling of pride and realization that maybe, just maybe, I can do this after all.
One of our Team Myles members shared the following quote with us the other day, and I find it very fitting to this run (and in general):
Although I certainly haven’t mastered the art of quieting doubt yet, and I am sure that will take a lot more practice, I am aware of it now and am beginning to learn some really important lessons: Keep going, breathe, think positive, you can do so much more than you think can – you just need to have confidence and persevere. For the first time since joining Team Myles, I actually believe that I might be able to complete the Blue Nose Marathon 10K in May, and that is pretty darn exciting!