Week 6 of my half marathon training is now over…meaning that I am half way there with just a short 6 weeks to go until the big day.
My runs for weeks 5 and 6 were as follows:
Week 5 – 3 miles, 7 miles, 2 miles and 3 miles
Week 6 – 2 miles, 8 miles, 2 miles and 3.5 miles (one of those 2s was supposed to be a 3 but somehow I got confused…oh well!)
I’m not going to lie – the long runs felt LONG. 7 miles was hard, and 8 was even harder. Before I go on a long run, I am always excited about the challenge, but it can also seem really daunting. More than a few times during the long runs the negative talk in my head was a bit out of control. It went something like this: Why did I think I could run a half marathon? This was a terrible idea. Anything more than 10k is just stupid. My legs are tired. I’m hot. I’m thirsty. I can’t do this. Why did I think that I could do this with two little kids at home? I am the world’s slowest runner. I’m not a real runner.
However, as the miles passed, I tried to silence the negative talk. I also tried to break the run down into manageable chunks. I just concentrated on completing one mile at a time, because I know I can run one mile easily! After mile 7 of my 8 miler I was very hot and very tired (summer arrived very early this week in Toronto), but I know I only had 1 mile left and 1 mile is easy peasy! I pushed through that last mile and was thrilled and very proud of myself when I was done.
Life’s daily tasks, just like running, can seem very overwhelming with so many things to do! Sometimes just getting myself and the kids up and ready in the morning so we can take Dylan to school seems nearly impossible! There are so many little things to do – make the beds, throw in a load of laundry, get Benjamin dressed, make breakfast, clean up, get the kids in the car etc. Each task on itself isn’t that hard, but all of them together can seem like too much. So I try to conquer each distinct task at a time, and that helps me get through the morning rush. So, lessons learned running also apply to my life – just like I tackle long runs one mile at a time, I know I also have to complete things at home one task at time, and eventually everything will get done!