You know how they say that the best athletes have a short memory, so they can move on after a poor performance and all that? Well, I need someone to come over here and shorten my memory. Stat.
I keep revisiting Sunday's race. Over and over. Part of it is that this blister still bugs me. It isn't nearly as bad as it was on Sunday but, even yesterday, when my friend Bridget invited me to run I couldn't. Because I still had pain and I need that blister to heal.
The other reason I'm revisiting the race is -- and I'm a little embarrassed to admit this -- it was my slowest road 15K time and, for some reason, that just really bugs me. My running has been going so well! And my Boilermaker time does not reflect that at all.
I thought I was so tough. Mentally tough. Mentally tough enough to push through little pains.
Because, really? How much worse would the blister have gotten if I had just run instead of taking all those walk breaks? The answer is: Probably not much.
Seriously. It wouldn't have gotten much worse. As it is, I haven't been able to run for two days. So what if I couldn't run for three days? Not much different.
Water under the bridge.
I need to shorten this memory. I need to channel the feeling I had when I was finally finished with the race:
|I made it!|
So, I'm changing my focus. Moving on.
To start, I'm kicking up the cross-training. I put together a quickie full-body weights workout that I can do in my living room and I plan to make it (or similar) a thrice-weekly activity. I'm also finalizing my fall half-marathon plan. I'm running the ZOOMA Cape Cod race at the end of September and then the Mohawk-Hudson half at the beginning of October. I just noticed that this will give me Half Fanatic status so that's exciting for me!
Plans, plans, plans.
Now, tell me. What do you do to shake things up after a disappointing race?
Have a great day!