Last weekend I completed the long run for week one and also my first run for week two of marathon training. Multiple texts and real people suggest running the longer distances on softer surfaces, so I set out to do my 5 miles at one of my favorite lake trails. I lapped the lake twice, and then finished with my glute exercises. Yesterday, I decided to jump start week two a day early because this week is really hectic for me (it’s finals week at the university where I work), so any little bit of advance prep would help me out. I am glad I don’t have to try to fit a run in today.
Week one was all about getting started, visualizing the goal, and understanding how to develop an internal locus of control. Week two is about nourishing the internal locus. The Non-Runner’s Guide to Marathon Training suggests a mantra to keep the intrinsic motivation healthy. Any time a negative thought comes into play, simply respond with “it doesn’t matter.” For example, yesterday I was tired. I spent a little too long reading my book in the sun and was a bit tuckered from my long run on Saturday. “I am feeling lazy,” I thought, “but it doesn’t matter.” I got my clothes on, laced up my shoes, and went for a run. It was one of those tough 3 mile runs where the momentum never really picked up. My legs were sluggish. It didn’t matter. I was feeling a little bored with the scenery in my neighborhood. It didn’t matter. All that did matter was that I finished the run, came home, and successfully made a dent in Week Two.
Too often we validate the negative self-talk and downplay our achievements. What I like about this mantra is that it is a very quick way of dismissing thoughts that, if left to marinade, often develop into reasons why you can’t leave the house and go for a run. Heading into the second week makes this goal feel just a little more permanent. I am proud of that. I am proud of myself for doing this. Additionally, the gradual accumulation of mileage is leaving me with no soreness whatsoever (yet), for which I am glad.
After my long run in the woods on Saturday. Done with week one, woo hoo!
None of those excuses mattered. I ran.