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.
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!
When 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.