As stated yesterday – I have no will power. No mental game, as it were. That’s actually one of the reasons I like Colin – he’s like my Jiminy Cricket so to speak.
What sucks about having no mental game is the fact that I love running. Running is all mental. I think running is actually 10% physical and 90% mind. I truly do. This is also why when you read about my AMAZINGLY AWESOME RUNS where I’m beaming sweet smiles of happiness that might actually be mistaken for someone on LSD it is usually a run that was OUTSIDE!
* They aren’t called “L.S.D Runs” for nothing 😉
….even more so a run that was on a trail. In the woods. Listening to Coldplay where the sun was out and shinning down on me.
Those kind of runs are awesome because they require a far less percentage of mental skill.
WHY you ask??
well let’s compare…..
My run this morning was entirely 100% mental. I know, I know….you’re thinking Ali Mc! what’s with you, how can 100% of a run be a mental struggle.
SIMPLE: it was a treadmill run.
On a trail run – heck even a long distance trail run…if I am out 3 miles, 6 miles, 20 miles – I don’t care….there’s no way I’m walking back! I’m not going to say….oh I give up, may as well walk home …..ya, see you 5 hours later! I’d rather just suck it up and run home.
On the treadmill “done” is literally one step away. At any given time I can shorten a run from a desired 5miler to a 3 miler….heck maybe I wanted to jump off at a mile, so now I feel great that I made it to 2 and I can “do the rest later” …later never happens though, because you already ran.
You start justifying ways that this run should be shorter. Start leaving the belt running while you take a bathroom break or grab a water because, hey – any added time is less that you have to run.
I know it can’t only be me!?
So, while I regularly use a treadmill and most likely always will. I tolerate it – I don’t like it. Truth be told I HATE THE TREADMILL.
I hate it because, as stated above, the end is only a step away and I always want my runs to be over because that’s the moment that I love most about running – the end.
1. are you the exception??? are you that crazy that loves the treadmill??
Do you have a tv you can watch??? as I literally stare at a wall….so maybe that’s my problem.
2. where is your favourite place to run and/or workout??
Outside. ALWAYS – regardless of weather conditions <—– fun fact “irregardless” isn’t a word. Did you know that??? I hate when people use it.
3. what shoes are you currently loving??
I am literally LOVING my Altras. It did take me a while but now I really love them