Saturday, August 1, 2009

A mental game

It's funny how much mental attitude and confidence affect distance running. Before today, it had been around a month since I'd run 10 miles or longer. While I consciously knew I could do today's run without major problems, I had an uneasy feeling about the distance and pace. I often notice that when it's been a few weeks since a long run. Distances that seemed like no big deal a few weeks ago suddenly seem daunting.

Now that I've done today's run, I feel much better and I know I can do it again. It's interesting how it's necessary to keep convincing yourself that you can do this. I wonder if it might be part of the reason elite runners and cyclists seem so cocky. I think they're often just reassuring themselves that they can continue to perform at a really high level.

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