In the spirit of positivity, I’m going to start all over. No more judging myself from past runs or past decisions or past versions of me. I want to start all over!
I need some big encouragement this training season. Maybe some of you can relate? It’s not that I don’t have any at all. My family gives me a lot of encouragement. But I need more. I need encouragement from the only entity in my life who really appreciates the minutiae of each and every run – my running BFF… Garmin.
It’s a sad but true fact that my Garmin 220 gives me some of the best encouragement in the form of its “YOU SET A NEW RECORD!!” messages after my runs. Last year, the thought of getting one of those messages really drove me out there and pushed my pace a lot of the time. Even when I didn’t set a personal record, I was excited that I even tried it and couldn’t wait til next time.
But after having done a year’s worth of marathon training already, unless I begin by setting speed records all the time (not likely), I won’t be getting many messages of encouragements at all. And after that dreaded “not running the tangents” at the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon, I have no hope of ever setting a record for longest run anymore. My wild, loop-around running cost me an extra 1.6 miles or so on that run, according to my Garmin. In retrospect, I do remember trying to get past big groups of runners because I was a slave to my pace rather than going the shortest route possible. Anyhoo! Live and learn! But what I want now is that even if my next marathon is an absolute disaster, at the very least I’ll score a record for “Longest Run Ever!” Really it’s just fool-proofing my mental support in a way.
Incidentally, the only thing I’m setting a record for currently is most hours/days stalling on exams. Ugh. The sooner I get done with papers and exams, the sooner I can run!