In addition to checking my workouts off, I am working on training my brain. I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I have a lot of books on my library hold queue! Today, I started reading Mindset at work as my boss gave us all a copy for Christmas. Of course, part of the intent in giving us this book was for us to make professional connections to the text, but 2 chapters in, all I keep thinking about is the relevance to running.
Light bulb moment: I often approach running with a fixed mindset. I have x amount of talent and that is the way it is. I often give up when workouts get tough, and as a result am disappointed even though the outcome is not terrible. A good example of this is the Wisconsin Marathon last May. Yes it got hot. Yes I was alone. But I distinctly remember looking at my watch at around Mile 20 and thinking, I can really back off and still qualify for Boston. And that is what I did. The last 10K was miserable. I walked. A lot. I zeroed in on "I can't do it" so I didn't. In fact, probably every 5K last year, this was my mentality. "It's too hard."
I often feel like this in workouts and so I back off. I do not push past my comfort zone. Here is an excerpt from the book that summarizes a new approach I am working on with training:
"Don't fool yourself. Keep on going." <---Mantra!
(A few quick paragraphs talk a little bit further about the mindset concept in relation to parenting in this recent Upworthy link.)