Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Am I Going to Forget How to Run?

I realize the title of this post seems silly, but that is the question I ask myself almost EVERY time I go out for a run.

You're probably thinking, "yea right, Jamie.  You're exaggerating".  Sorry, I wish this were true.  Just today I was questioning if I would be able to run 6 miles, when I just did that two days ago and got a better than I could have ever imagined PR. 

I guess this comes from all of those times that I have gone out to run and it has ended HORRIBLY.  The last time that happened was the Polar Bear Series half marathon and probably the time before that was the 11 miler that Mike and I ran on my birthday (slowing down to 12 minutes per mile pace was not exactly how I thought that run was going to go).  I have been questioning my ability to do well at THIS weekend's half marathon as a result.   

Yet, I have had AMAZING runs lately, too.  The race this past weekend was just the icing on the cake.

 See, I can run (while holding spatulas) for 6 miles

Tonight, even though I was questioning my ability to run 6 miles, Mike and I headed out to do a tempo run (I was especially questioning the tempo part).  The plan was to do six 1 mile loops at a local park in Rochester, with a 2 mile warm-up, 2 mile tempo and 2 mile cool-down.  We only ran together for the first two miles and then Mike took off at a faster pace than me, which is completely fine since I am not at his tempo pace, yet!

Mile 1 - 9:26 pace
Mile 2 - 9:27 pace
Mile 3 - 8:31 pace
Mile 4 - 8:30 pace
Mile 5 - 9:28 pace
Mile 6 - 9:15 pace

Oh look at that, I WAS able to run 6 miles, hit my tempo pace (maybe even slightly faster) AND negative split.  Who knew?  Obviously not my brain since it tries to play tricks on me.

So from now on brain, stop doing that because I can do this.  I am not going to forget how to run, not if I have anything to say about it at least, and I am going to just keep getting faster and faster and running farther and farther.

Source: oiselle.com via Jamie on Pinterest

34 comments:

  1. Very silly, Jamie. You are not going to forget! :) See - you didn't with that tempo run at all!

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  2. I can completely relate to this. This is what I feel like when I'm getting ready to do another half. I start thinking about how far it is and then I question myself and wonder if I can run that far.

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    1. Yea I guess for me it is just that we have only done two half marathons so far. Maybe it will go away after a few more!

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  3. Like riding a bike ;)
    Way to go on the Tempo Run!

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  4. L.O.V.E the poster!!!! You WILL do it!

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    1. I love it too! Oiselle is a great company :)

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  5. YESSSS!!! Great run!!!
    6 miles with a spatula - really??? :)

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    1. Thanks!

      Haha yea with 2 spatulas actually :)

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  6. You are gonna smash Skunky. And no, not a real skunk. You know what I mean. ;) Put THAT thought in your head!

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    1. Skunky!!! I know what you mean :)

      Thanks Jenny, the weekend is SO close! I can't wait :)

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  7. That is one amazing run! You've GOT THIS! Keep up the good work - and run a few miles for me, too! :)

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    1. Thanks Meghan! I will definitely run a few miles for you :)

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  8. I totally understand. I still question myself each time I go out for a race. I still worry about being the last person to cross the finish line. I wonder if that will ever go away!

    Nice job on the spatula running!

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    1. Hopefully it will go away, but I'm sure there is always that little bit of doubt. We just have to conquer it!

      Thanks, it was a lot of fun!

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  9. You are fast and you are strong. I hear you though, been there.

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    1. Thank you!! I'm sure we all have been there and if someone says they haven't, they're probably lying.

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  10. After almost two years of running and the completion of two half marathons and numerous 5 and 10Ks, I still question my running abilities on a regular basis. But, I still get out there and run and when I have bad days, I just remind myself that there will be other good days. It's just as much about mental endurance as it is about physical endurance. Good job on the tempo run!

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    1. Thanks Willow!

      I agree, it is more mental than physical sometimes. I just need to get over the fact that me running like I am isn't a fluke and just do it!

      We all have bad days here and there, it's just how we learn from them and move on that is important!

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  11. Silly Jamie, trix are for kids . I don't know why I said that but as I was writin silly Jamie, it popped into my head. You will def get faster and stronger

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    1. Haha I love that you said that!

      Thanks Rena, you will too!

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  12. you are a GREAT runner - enjoy it :P I WANT TO RUN SOOOOOO BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I keep begging Colin to go for a run so I can watch him like some crazy person :P

    I can't wait to read your recap of this weekend!!!!!!

    PS: sweet tempo!

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    1. Thanks Ali! You will be back out there before you know it :) You just need to heal first!

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  13. We all have these doubts at times. Even when we do well (and especially when we really surprise ourselves) we tend to wonder if it wasn't just a fluke...doesn't even seem "real" sometimes.

    You're a great runner, and will do well this weekend. I look forward to reading your recap !

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    1. Thanks Michael!

      I try to not think things are flukes, but it takes 2 or 3 times of doing it for me to believe it!

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  14. Awesome run! Don't worry, I do the exact same thing. In fact I almost never say I have to do a distance even when it's on The trainin calendar because I'm terrified I wont be able to, or I'll have a terrible run!

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    1. Thanks Ricole! I'm glad I'm not the only one.

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  15. I can totally relate. I'll question my ability to run 3 miles when two days before I knocked out 9. I am totally my own worst enemy most of the time!

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  16. Yes, you are stronger than you think you are! I'll be thinking of you this weekend, have a great race!

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