Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A wall of pain and doubt

It's been a great month of running. I posted the other day about my speed improvement, but this month has not been all great.

The first 10 weeks of my running I was consistently increasing my long runs by about 2 miles a week. I managed to get up to 12 miles for a long run much sooner than I had anticipated. However, the past 2 weeks I have not been able to break that barrier. I worry that it's just a mental block. When I was running a few years ago and did a few half marathons I hit a wall just after 10 miles and couldn't finish my run. Now I'm at the same distance and hitting the same wall.

Initially I was worried that I would never make it, but I have already squashed that thought. I will make it. I will overcome this obstacle. I know this because the last time I was running and doing so poorly at those distances, I was also not doing as well during the week as I'm doing now. Plus I'm also being more consistent with my long runs. I had 3 runs this month of 11-12 miles. I will be able to break through this wall of pain and doubt. Next weekend I'm taking a "rest" weekend and only running 6 miles or so, but I'll be back at it the following weekend with a goal of 14 miles, and I can make it.