Attitude. At-ti-tude. Noun. A mental position with regard to a fact or state b : a feeling or emotion toward a fact or state.
I’ve heard the saying that long distance running is 90% mental and the rest physical. They might be on to something. Last week I psyched myself up for a 16 mile run. The day before I kept telling myself “you can do it, you can do it, even if you have to stop and walk, you’ll do it, don’t worry about it, go get em tiger!” I was pleased with myself after accomplishing those miles.
Now this week I’m facing a SEVENTEEN mile run. Where’s that go get em attitude that I was having last week? Is it because I know how a 16 mile run feels, and 17 is one more mile (that’s like 11 more minutes in my book). Maybe it’s because I’ve got a big weekend coming up and I’m scared the run will leave my legs rubbery, sore and worthless.
Well, that can’t happen. I’m standing up in a wedding– and if you must know, I’m wearing a navy blue chiffon potato sack, it is the most shapeless piece of clothing I’ve put myself into since I lost 30 lbs. The whiney girl in me is saying, “Ah, just do 16, you’re ahead of the training schedule, you can afford to slack this weekend”. But the big-headed runner freak in me thinks that if I slack one week that will lead to more slacking in the future.
I think I have to step up and stop being such a wiener about these long distances. I took on this challenge, it’s my responsibility, and the only way to do it is to be fearless. Just get up and go for it. No excuses. Run.