The mind is a strange thing…

I’ve been told by a number of people ‘If you can run 10miles you’ll manage to run 13.1miles’.

I hope they are right.  Yesterday I ran 10miles…for the first time in my life!!  In all honesty I probably should have done this before yesterday (1 week before my first half marathon) however if you have been reading my blog you’ll know that my ‘training’ has not been hugely consistent.

I have been struggling with distance for the last few weeks and before today the most I’d ran was 7.5miles, at a push…which was starting to worry me.

Kevin and my Brother-in-law Gary, had planned to do a 10mile route on Sunday and  when I woke at 7.30am on the morning of, I decided I should probably join them, even though my gut feeling was that I couldn’t do it. I had to try.

Although it’s still quite cold here, the sun was shining and we had the clearest sky I’d seen in a while (perfect running weather in my opinion).

We set off together at 9.00am. Mile 1 was good,  the boys were trying to pace themselves so that meant I could keep up with them, we chatted. I felt good, even though I hadn’t ran for 3 days. ..Mile 2 I started to fall back while the boys added some speed and I lost them to the bends and hills.

Miles 3 to 5 I struggled, a lot. fighting with myself to not walk.  I’m not sure why I wanted to, I wasn’t tired, I didn’t hurt, I wasn’t thirsty. Was I bored? The mind is a strange thing.

Around the 5 mile mark I spotted Kevin and Gary in the distance, Gary was wearing the brightest lumo orange trainers I’ve ever seen and Kev was wearing a bright yellow top, so I knew it was them.  That was the push I needed, I felt as though I’d passed through some sort of mental barrier and was full steam ahead.

Miles 6-10 I was in the zone I kept thinking that the boys weren’t too far ahead although I hadn’t seen them since mile 5 and didn’t see them again until I was done.

During those last 4 miles I had stopped focusing on the fact that I was running, my mind wandered and I had lots of random thoughts, everything from planning an outfit for my friends 30th birthday party to ‘If Kevin and I have kids, will they be short or tall!?!'( I’m short, he’s tall and we have no plans to have babies any time soon!!!!) I also remember wondering  ‘how much faster I’d run if there was a shark chasing me?’. What the …. The mind is a strange thing.

At 10 miles and almost complete, I thought I’d be a bit cheeky and take a short cut to our finishing destination however Karma bit me in the butt and I actually ended up running almost half a mile further. What an idiot! Ha! That’s just typical of me!

When I finished I felt great AMAZING, there was no ‘breathing out my ass’ like I have experienced during and after a short 3mile run in the past. I felt strong. I felt like I could do more. I felt happy, proud and a huge sense of accomplishment.


Turns out Sunday was also International Women’s Day.

Ladies, you are all amazing! #girlpower

This run has given me a confidence boost, which I really needed for the Half Marathon.

I’m still ignoring the pace and focusing,  solely on reaching the finish line.  Here’s hoping the weather plays its part, today we’ve been sent thundery, grey skies gale force winds and torrential rain! One does love the Great British weather! Eeek!

Thanks for reading šŸ™‚

Have a great week ā¤

Angela XO

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11 thoughts on “The mind is a strange thing…

  1. I definitely think if you can run 10 you can run a half. I have gone up to 16 miles in training for half marathons, and personally… I think the really long runs are kind of overkill. Most weeks, I do a long run of 10-12 miles and that is enough. In fact, my half PR came from doing shorter, but faster, long runs rather than the 14-16 milers!

    My first half, I went to 11 miles. 11 was so hard! But I had good 10 milers. After 10, you just think to yourself that it’s only a 5K from that point and that really helps the mindset. You’ll be fine, just listen to your body and focus on finishing rather than time goals or pace!

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    1. Thank you so much, it’s good to know what works for other people, I’ve had a few people say the same as you!
      I think it’s going to be tough but if I can get my mindset right, I can do it!! Xo

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  2. Angela, congratulations on a fabulous run!! You rocked it!! It feels good to push our bodies, but also our minds!! Way to stick in there and push hard!! You should be so so SO proud of yourself!! Have a fabulous week!! XOXO

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  3. I concur with Amy Lauren.

    Plus the excitement of the race and spectators help make the miles fly. Don’t get too excited and start too fast. Start at your usual pace. If after a few miles you still feel the pace is too slow, then go faster.

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