Your head can be your biggest enemy in anything that you do. It is so easy to come up with excuses to talk yourself out of doing something like going for a run – it’s too hot, it’s too cold, it’s a bad hair day, you’re tired, you have to go by yourself, etc. It’s also easy to fill your head with negative thoughts while you’re running – Your legs hurt, you have a stitch, you’re going too slow, breathing isn’t easy, and so much more. I see a lot of people post how they went for a run and it was a bad run. To me, there are no bad runs. Yes, there are great ones and some that could be better, but none are ever bad. There is always something positive that you can take from any run. It took me a long time to learn this and it has been life changing!
This past Sunday, our Half Marathon training plan called for us to run 10K. Our coaches and mentors decided that we would do the new GoodLife Fitness 10K route for the Blue Nose. I have only ran 10K a smattering of times, so to say I was nervous was an understatement. 10K is also the furthest I have ever ran. I went into the run as confident as I could be. In just over a month, our training has conditioned us to be able to do this distance. I have not missed a single day of training, so I knew my body was ready even if my mind wasn’t fully there.
I set out on the run and did the first 4 or 5K by myself. Coach Victoria found me part way through and ran the second half with me back to the finish line. During the run, it was hot and cold at the same time, I had a stitch in my side, I struggled with breathing, and I never quite found my running groove for the whole 10K. Maybe it was nerves, maybe I was tired, maybe I wasn’t properly fueled, who knows? Some might call it a bad run, but I won’t. The first 5K was the 2nd fastest I’ve ever done, the view of the Harbour and the MacDonald Bridge was gorgeous when we got to Devonshire and Barrington, and I also got some incredible advice and motivation from Victoria along the way. At the end, I had beaten my 10K fastest time by just over 17 minutes! There’s no way that was a bad run!!
To add to the positive of Sunday’s run, we ended where the Blue Nose finish line will be in June. That was the place I completed my very first 10K during our practice run with Team Myles in 2016. I’ll never forget that run with that team. To complete another 10K there after so long was pretty darn cool.
Next time you’re out and having what you feel is a bad run, turn things around by finding the positive. Look at the scenery, smell that ocean air if you’re in Point Pleasant Park, smile and wave to other runners, listen to some good tunes, cheer yourself on at the top of that big hill you conquered, anything. I promise you that those positive thoughts will turn your mind around and push you through.