I haven’t written very faithfully about my workouts but I have mostly been doing them. I say mostly because come on–I ain’t perfect! I won’t go back through the past few weeks of workouts or anything crazy like that…but here is what’s been going on!
I already told you here that I started working with Michelle! She has been amazing and even came down this week to meet me for a workout! She video taped me running, showed me some running drills and a lot of core exercises. Apparently skipping core work for the past few years hasn’t been working out (sadly!). I have a lot of work to do on my form and muscle imbalances, but honestly I’m excited. It was really interesting to see myself running (and notice the strange things I do!) and be told little tips to fix things slowly!
Michelle also looked at my last two race splits and told me that I am sandbagging my races. There is an actual definition for that word, but in my head it means I’m not striving for my full potential. I guess you could say she nailed it. I definitely prefer to play it safe. I would rather feel comfortable or mostly comfortable for an entire race than push it and feel the hurt. Yet, at the same time, there’s this part of me that’s dying to just try and see what happens!
Yesterday I had an easy 5k on my schedule. It was raining so I didn’t look at my phone to see my pace until almost 3k. When I did see my pace, I realized I was going faster than I even thought I could hold for that long so I decided to push myself and keep going. I ran my fastest 5k ever yesterday and learned a valuable lesson: I CAN DO THIS. So it’s time for me to whisper to myself, “Suck it up, Buttercup!” and push myself just a little bit harder than is comfortable!
How about you? Do you hold back during races? or do you push yourself?