Monday, April 1, 2013

You will want to stop. Don’t.

The last couple of weeks, I’ve been doing hill training at a pretty daunting hill.  It’s a crazy sucker.  For the locals, it’s the Windhaven hill west of Midway on the border of Plano and The Colony.  I’ve been meeting a group of runner friends from the North Texas Runners there on Tuesday nights.  I’m pretty darn nervous all day Tuesday as I know that I’ll be pushing myself.  Hill training is a must for me as it not only builds strength, but builds on my true grit determination.

Windhaven-elevation

The first week I started at 5 repeats and then each week I’ll be adding 1 more repeat until I get to 10 for the Cleveland Marathon.  The first few climbs, I’m good and positive.  By time I get to the last couple of inclines, negative talk starts creeping in my head… there’s no way that I can finish this out.  We’re going to have walk the last one.  I cannot move my legs anymore.  I cannot get enough oxygen into these darn lungs fast enough!  Control your breathing!

300718_523722941003912_1004800064_nWhen all of the negative things were popping in my head, I thought about a picture I found posted on I Love to Run’s FaceBook page.  It simply says, “You will want to stop.  Don’t.”  I kept thinking that and saying it over and over in my head.  Before I knew it, I was at the top of the hill and I didn’t collapse or die!  I really did want to stop, but I didn’t. 

I also read somewhere that our brain will give out before our bodies.  I believe in this as my body has been able to do so much more than I ever thought was possible.  I’ll be thinking on this at the the end of challenging races, because when I give it my all, I do want to stop.

Tomorrow night is 7 repeats… come join us at 7pm!

You will want to stop. Don’t.

3 comments:

Michelle K said...

Awesome post!! That hill is our very own mountain! Last week the mantra "challenge yourself" popped into my head as I ran up that hill. It is the truth too!

Hopefully I will be joining you again soon.

runnerontheright said...

Mark, great post, keep rocking those hills. It doesn't necessarily get easier, you just keep pushing faster and harder. Then you will be saying you eat hills for breakfast! Good luck!

stephplus4 said...

I am going to use this saying when I'm on my long runs. Thanks for sharing this post :-) I always look forward to reading your stuff.