Somehow, we are already under 100 days till this years London Marathon. My goal is no different to last year, I am aiming for a sub 3:30 marathon. A mindset that I need to train for. I’m also not being ashamed of saying it out loud as it keeps me accountable.
Mindset is a funny old thing. My training is no different to last years, a mix of easy runs, hills, intervals and long runs. Yet I freak myself out week on week about the intervals. I get my plan and immediately think oh this is too difficult, oh that’s going to hurt. Automatic negative mindset. Which means when it comes to doing the session, I am already in the wrong frame of mind.
Last week, I had a repeat interval session 400, 800, 1200, 1600, 400, 800, 1200, 1600. So a long and tough interval session. From the get go my mindset was off. I wasn’t putting the right effort into the intervals and was cheating myself. I walked during the recovery and just kept saying I can’t do this. Needless to say I was pretty disappointed in myself.
This week it was a similar session, 400, 800, 1200, 1600, 1200, 800, 400. So after the largest rep, you went straight back into the second largest rep. I had told myself I can do this, that I would need to dig deep but I would be rewarded for lack of a better phrase with the recoveries. I didn’t stop at all, I started the recoveries with a slow jog and would speed up as they ended. With the additional challenge of having the second set being faster than the first. You know what, I managed. Positive mindset massively paying off.
I surprised myself with just how well that session went, not to brag. It was -1, I did loops of the SECC car park (0.35 miles), so at least 10 loops. Best bit, I loved the session. Mindset is a game, a game I need to get better at playing. The winner of the game is me, if I just go in with the right positive mindset.