My body really wants to run, but my mind keeps saying, “uh, can you really do it?” I haven’t convinced myself yet that I can and I know that until I believe it, it won’t be possible. Now, having said that, I really need to stop focusing on the 13.1-mile run. After 1 mile, I think “that would be 12.1 more miles to go.” After 2 miles “that would be 11.1 more miles to go.” I need to set smaller goals and forget about the 13.1 miles. It is 18 weeks from this Saturday. I have time to work towards that. AND, as I was talking to Fiona today I realized, I can walk 13.1 miles today. I know that I can do. It’s the running part that is tripping me up. So, why am I freaking out?

For me, visualization is HUGE. I need to see something to understand it.  That is my focus this week. To do what I can to get my mind and body in sync and on track.

Goals to Jump Mental Hurdle

These are the steps I’m going to take this week.

1. Put my training schedule on my calendar. Seeing it each day will make it real. It’ll be my appointment and I’ll work everything else around it!

2. Run 2 – 20 minute runs during the week and 1 30 minute run on Sunday. My goal is to do a 60 min long run in 3 weeks.

3. Put up some pictures of me running. This will help me visualize myself as a runner and remember who I’m active for….ME!

4. Start using running podcasts during my runs to take my mind off the run. (Fiona suggested the JogTunes Indie Podcast)

You will also no longer see the words, “training for half marathon” on my weekly recaps. I’m going to rename my training, ScrappinMichele’s Active Life Training. I’m training for life, not a half marathon.

I have decided to use my daughter’s dance time to run today. I usually sit in the waiting area and chat, but today, I will run at least 20 minutes. I’m going to go put my running clothes on right now (at 1:45 pm) because that way I’ll have no excuses… I’ll be ready!

3 Weeks to a 60 Minute Run

Fiona and I worked out this 3-week running training plan to get me to a 60 min long weekend run.

Week 1

  • 2 – 20 min easy runs
  • 1- 30 min weekend run

Week 2

  • 2 – 20 to 30 min runs
  • 1 – 40 min weekend run

Week 3

  • 2 – 20 to 30 min runs
  • 1 – 60 min weekend run

Let’s Talk!

What mental hurdles do you have when tackling a new fitness goal?