Yes, no, maybe

A ten-week training series started at club today, aimed at improving 10km times.  I thought it sounded good, so left the house this morning fully intending to go.

As I left work, I still intended to go.  Halfway home, I’d downgraded to a run around the block.  Nearly home and I’d decided that my cycle counted as Juneathon and who needs to run every day anyway, surely exercising every day is enough.

As I reached home, I decided to change into my running kit and do a run of some sort.  By the time I’d changed into my kit, the club session was back on the agenda.

Turns out, the training sessions are simple.  10 x 1km laps, alternating fast (race pace) and slow (this week 90secs off race pace).  Which brought on another round of internal bickering.  Slow, fast, slow, fast, slow.  5km  That’s respectable.  I can stop after 5km.  Or I could do one more effort.  And a slow lap to cool down.  7km is ample.  But it’s only three efforts out of five.  So maybe I could manage one more.  And a cool down lap.  But that’s definitely it.  There’s no way I can do the tenth.  Not even slowly.  I’m stopping.  I really am.  Oh.  The woman behind me is off on her tenth lap.  If she can do it, surely I can do it.  Slowly.  Not as an effort.  Just to round things off.  I can.  I can do it.  For Juneathon.

10km.  1 hour, 34 secs.  Done.

About abradypus

A Bradypus or Sloth am I, I live a life of ease, contented not to do or die but idle as I please; ... [Michael Flanders and Donald Swann]
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13 Responses to Yes, no, maybe

  1. I think I’m supposed to be doing something similar but in miles. I did week one, but then things slacked off a bit because of the sunshine/rain/hangover/juneathon. Well done for winning the internal argument though!

  2. fairweatherrunner says:

    Well done. Sounds like now you’ve trained your mind to run its training you for speed!

  3. chris says:

    your training exercise is faster than my PR. nice!

  4. henniemavis says:

    Nicely done, how you pulled out of that mental nosedive 🙂

  5. JovialGnome says:

    I rather suspect that you can do anything you put your mind to! 🙂

  6. cmmercer says:

    Well done, if I had lost motivation to do something, it’s nothing but a downward spiral from there!

  7. runorgocrazy says:

    That’s brilliant and a pretty similar description of what happens in my head!

  8. I am always in awe of your running, and then reading this I am reminded that you work at it.

  9. AprilRuns says:

    Very good! Love the way you negotiate with yourself. Know the feeling…

  10. carahendry says:

    Well done, it’s great to know that we all have the same mental battles at times!

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