Good morning one and all.
My apologies for this being rushed: I'm in the midst of getting ready for work. I want the Bank Holidays back!
Well, this morning was my second run of week four. The 'dreaded' run 2. I decided I had enough of this dreading the second run, like I have in the past; I just started, yesterday, a book called "Hypnosis for Running" by Adam Eason. I'm only part-way through the second chapter but it's all about the mental approach to running, as opposed to most other books which concentrate on training plans and so on. So far so good but as I say, I've only just started it, but it looks great. Anyway, as with anything, positivity is the key; dread run two, or any run, for that matter, and think it will be bad, and one more or less talks themselves into a bad run, So, before bed last night I got a piece of paper and wrote the following:
WILL [circled for emphasis] be GREAT!
You'll ace it and will have a blast!
and I stuck it on the mirror, and until I fell asleep, told myself that I'd have a great run this morning. The note was the first thing I saw this morning when I woke up. And you know what? It was probably my best run yet. It was hard work, but I really, thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd have enjoyed it more with a nice but of cooling rain, but that's okay. The stitch that hampered me through W4R1 was sort of present; it kind of made itself known, that it was there and that if I overdid it, boy would I know about it. Sort of a semi-stitch, if you will. It went really well and from now on, I'll be nothing but positive about all the runs - they are what we make of them, after all, I've learnt.
I went a bit too far out so still had a bit of a distance to go before I got home, so I did a bit more than was strictly necessary (naughty me) but it still went well. In the mini local park as I went home, on one of the loops. I decided to put in a speed run. (Naughty me.) I set the stopwatch and off I went at full throttle, returning to the start 56 seconds later. Exhausted. But fully euphoric; my, did I ever enjoy that little blast. Put in a further five-minute cool-down walk to get home and that was me done.
Not sure why I didn't get as much of a stitch today; I still ate, at around 0415, before leaving: a rice cake with peanut butter spread thinly atop it, and a thin slice of banana malt loaf, and some water.
Talking of books, I'd be interested to hear what other running books other C25Kers are reading/have read/would recommend. I've got four that I plod through for advice, plus magazines; every piece of information helps!
Once again, my apologies for the rushed essay.
Happy running everyone!