Not everyday is great, and not all workouts are fun, despite what many die-hards will tell you. But when things aren’t going your way, it’s time to buckle-down and push it!
The other day I went for a run that required 3x1600m at 10k race pace. It would have been fine if I hadn’t had Fruit Loops, Frosted Mini Wheats, chip’n’dip and cookie dough to eat that day – not the best run fuel by far (have I mentioned that I need to work on my diet?). Needless to say, I was barely done my warm-up and was already feeling pretty low on energy.
[image align=”left” img=”http://runbydesign.com/images/pushit.jpg” url=”http://runbydesign.com/images/pushitbig.jpg” rounded=”all” alt=”Salt’n’Pepa told us to “Push it” back in 1987.” /] The truth of the matter is, we all make bonehead moves in training, but when push comes to shove there are only two ways to make your time come race day: putting in the mileage and training, or by miracle. Miracles aside, having bad days means toying with the idea of cancelling your run, or maybe just “toning it down.” Unfortunately it’s difficult to make up lost kilometers, and the reality is that no-one likes feeling like they missed something they were supposed to do. At those times, you have to “just push it.” Not only physically (which will come during your run), but – maybe more importantly – mentally.
It sounds easy, but deciding to do it, mentally pushing through, is tougher than you think. Once you make the mental adjustment, though, your body will follow. It won’t make it easier, but you’ll be prepared for the hardships ahead. Get out there, and push it!