Legs were in a “Jarvis” for a couple of days after some tough Crossfit leg work last week so I felt it wise to take a few days off. The concept of having to do 18 miles considering how sore my legs were just wasn’t sitting easy with me at all. Monday was going to have to make up ground for a restful weekend.
06:30 was Crossfit and looked like this…
*Note: These do not have to be strict muscle ups
7X1 Mid-Hang Snatches @ 80% – rest 60-90 sec. (Do not go above 80%)-
8 minute as many reps as possible (AMRAP) of:
It was a shit night tonight weather wise, and rained for a lot of the way around. I ran a figure 8 loop that took in Castleknock & Blanchardstown twice, the Phoenix Park and Phibsboro. There were a few little climbs but nothing too serious. I finished the run strong but felt tired at home later. Tomorrow’s Crossfit session will have to be an evening one.
Running long distance is primarily about obtaining a psychic state that allows you to keep going when you would otherwise stop. Yes, you need to condition your body but that comes second. You wouldn’t even get out the door if you were not prepared mentally first, and hold the belief that you can go the distance. Most would consider that you must do the miles and belief comes from that, but it’s the other way around. If you do not believe you can do something then the impetus, the energy, the enthusiasm, the determination doesn’t come. The thought always comes first, you must see yourself as having completed the task before you begin.
When I have a long run to do I generally take several days contemplating the run and seeing myself, and feeling myself doing it. I “feel” comfortable as I imagine myself on the route. I get the actual feeling of comfort and total capability before I ever put my shoes on. This is what ensures I get it done. I have a 30 miler planned for next Sunday and even though I’ve not done over 18 miles in training since last September I know how I will feel on the run and I know It’s perfectly achievable. I contemplate the mood I will experience and I make that my state now so when the run comes I just fall into the mode that I had prepared earlier. Simple.
Others may argue this, but this has been my experience over and over.
I have to admit I’ve not been keeping my food diary lately, however I am watching carefully what I put down my chew hole. Refined sugar products are out but I do indulge in the odd 6 pack of dark chocolate rice cakes!