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All I have to do is finish.

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So here I am frantically rushing to bed early on a Saturday night because I’m running my 3 and a half hour long scheduled run tomorrow and I’m thinking, “All I have to do is finish”.

I’m training for another 50K and I’m actually scared of  the length of time I have to run tomorrow. I’m usually really excited about long training runs and love the challenge!

All I have to do is finish.

These words  keep repeating in my head …

“All I have to do is finish.”

I’m not sure why I’m so nervous.

I’ve run 3 and a half hours before. This is part of the training I’ve done many times in the past and I’m used to it.

I have a hunch, though. I pushed too much training on myself this week too soon. 

Feeling tired.

I kind of played around with the training and made it harder …

Here’s the run down.

– The first day of the week was an easy 1-hour run.
– 2nd day was an easy 1 hour 15 minutes.
– 3rd day was an easy 1 hour 15 minutes in the morning and a faster hour and 15 minutes in the afternoon.
– the 4th day was the same, an hour and 15 minutes in the morning and afternoon, but a smidgen faster for both runs.

So now that all the weekday runs are done, I feel tired.

Too tired to run and worried I won’t be able to recuperate for Sunday.

To make it worse…

All I Have To Do Is Finish – Today I’m having my rest day and I can’t sit still! 

The Words “All I have to do is finish.” are unstoppable in my head.

I guess it is the side effect of doing a lot of running, feeling over-tired and having anxiety about tomorrow.

So I couldn’t make myself rest and spent the whole day busy.

  • Scooping wet heavy leaves off the pool cover.
  • Loading wood into basement and stacking.
  • Then working until dark to clear the trail by only using a saw… A saw I found in scrap. (That is another story for another time.)

I’m nervous and feeling like I may not be able to do the run tomorrow.
It’s worse than I remember training for my previous 50 K’s.All I have to do is finish

But really, all I have to do is finish and not worry about anything else.
Not even how fast I will go…

I can go at a snail’s pace for all I care.
I really don’t care.

Or do I?

OK, I think I really do care…

All I have to do is finish – 2 weeks ago, I enjoyed 2 and a half hours of running, it’s ONLY 1 more HOUR!

Only is a lonely word that does not explain what 60 minutes translates to.
3600 seconds.  That is 12600 seconds total.

It might actually be my age I’m worried about.

Am I scared of being one year older?
Am I scared I may die?
No, not really die, but feel awfully sick throughout my run and then feel like I’m going to die…

Maybe I won’t be able to finish!

I’m all about finishing.
I don’t like to leave things half done.
So I guess this is it, this is my struggle.
Now I know my struggle is the pressure I added to my training,  I’m worried about my age and I feel my own pressure in my mind to finish.

What I learned and the benefit of knowing this now…

I don’t have to do it fast!

I can go slow, I can walk, crawl and I can even take a few pictures and listen to some music.

I don’t have to be too serious.

I can make it into a play experience, instead of a working one.
Because really I can get there, I’ve trained for it thus far.

Next time.

  • I will not change a training schedule and make it harder. Training schedules are made for the very reason of  going through steps gradually when you train to prevent injury and/or burn-out

I hadn’t realized I wasn’t really ready for the changes I made with the schedule. I got a bit complacent and just thought I’d step things up a bit faster. It might even be a mistake and affect me down the line….

I can do this in any fashion I want because “All I have to do is finish”. I know I can now.

  • I changed my mindset and had it coincide with the verse in my head.

Thinking now … I positively know I can do this. I can run tomorrow any way I like because all I have to do is finish …”I got this!

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Please leave a comment in the section below and let me know what you do when your mind takes over.

Finding Time For Running

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Finding Time For Running Today

I can’t think of a better way to clear the mind than finding time for running in your life!finding time for running

Running is one of those sports you can take anywhere and a great way to clear your mind, but there are times when running is hard to position into your week. When you’ve got children, a husband, pets, a job and a house to run, running can be hard…


How do you find the time for running?

Running is truly my sport that I love and I’m sure many of you are feeling the same. There are weeks where I can’t find time for myself including finding time for running, so I dig through my schedule and focus on finding time for running. This is all so I can obtain a peace of mind and refocus in life.
Finding Time For Running

Here are 10 great ways to find time for running…

  1. Wake up 1 hour earlier in the morning and go for a morning run.
  2. Bring your running clothes to work and run home. If you commute or carpool run a couple of kilometers from your house, the subway station or bus.
  3. Run in the mall and then around the outside of the mall after shopping, Just make sure you wear your running attire that you just bought…
  4. Run for half your lunch. Run first and then eat the last 15 minutes after you’ve showered.
  5.   Save 1 day in the weekend and make it an appointment to do your long run. You won’t be available for anyone at this time.
  6.   Make a schedule on your calendar of the days you fit in for your week of running.
  7.   Choose your time wisely, instead of watching TV just go for a quick run!
  8. Carry clean running stuff where ever you go just in case you can find a spare moment to run.
  9.    Book and train for a 5K race, so you are motivated in finding time during the week to train.
  10.  If you’re feeling lazy start going for a walk and finish your last 20 minutes with a run/walk or run!

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