I’m not having much luck with this Go Hard thing. My coach has so far avoided telling me to “go hard or go home”* and has instead taken to sharing motivational gems such as “be honest with yourself and when you think it’s starting to feel too much, keep going until you can’t think any more”.
I’m assuming that there’s a large element of tongue-in-cheek to them, but I am never-the-less attempting to use them as bait to lure out my Go Hard, though with little success so far. At today’s 10k for example, on a two lap course, miles 1 and 4 were consistently paced, mile 5 was 10 seconds slower than mile 2 and by mile 6 I’d slowed by 20 seconds per mile compared to mile 3. Which doesn’t sound much like keeping going to me.
Ho hum. I have another attempt in the plan and another motivational gem to try out. Let’s see if this one is any more effective.
*He knows me too well. I’d go home.
I can totally understand, I have this inane fear of starting too fast and then not being able to finish. I try to justify it with ‘negative splits’ and ‘I will run the last mile as hard as I can’ but so far, I have never been able to get to the end of a run and really think ‘ I gave that my all, I can not run another step’
My go hard has long gone and I don’t think it went home, as I have not seen it!
Perhaps try Movember Milo Miles Ultra Challenge in 2014? 🙂