June 30, 2009

Talking myself up hills

As a runner, I remind my legs to keep moving and tell myself to drink more water and get more rest and do the right stretches. Sometimes, I have to talk myself into running! Other times, I have to talk myself down and remind myself to relax, breathe, and chill out... Before races, there can be negative and positive chatter pinballing around my brain.

Today it struck me that this is the last hill workout for this training cycle. Yes, with 26 (gulp!) days till the SF marathon, it was time to suck it up and push myself up some hills. I told myself go, go, go. I did one repeat for my nephew. All in all, I tried my best on all 6-one minute repeats and Garmalade let me know that I did a decent job of keeping an even pace on each of the hill repeats. The hill was a bit steeper than the one I'd selected for the 90 second repeats, but my legs felt decent afterward.

With 26 days to go, there's still some quality training to complete before raceday. Most important will be Friday's 20 mile pace run, but there's also a medium long run and an 800s track workout to look forward to :) I need to stay hydrated and do some healthy snacking to gear up for those workouts. I also need to remind myself that I've trained hard and can have some confidence in my endurance, strength, and speed. That means I need some more positive talk! No matter what- it'll be a 26.2 mile journey.

1 comment:

  1. And your nephew felt the love on that one and sends you lots and lots of love and strength in the days leading up to the SF marathon!
    M and Z


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