I have no ten things to discuss today, but there is one topic that has been on my mind, so I figure I will bore you to death with that :)
5:30am- 82* felt like 90* with 84% humidity
I had 5 miles easy on board for today, and I was just not feeling it this morning. It was sticky out, my left hip felt wierd, and to be honest I just can't get myself excited for easy whatever runs, I like having a plan and paces to hit, when I have no mental plan I find it harder to get myself pumped up.
I made myself follow the 10 minute rule, if I still felt blah after 10 minutes I could stop and resume later, but once I hit the one mile mark I told myself I needed to go another mile and then if I really wanted to turn around and cap it 4 miles I could, but once I hit mile 2 it was only 1/2 mile more until I could turn around, I can do anything for a 1/2 mile. So I did manage to get in the full 5 miles, I just had to play some serious mind games with myself.
5 miles - 48:17, avg pace 9:39, avg HR 167
Mile 1- 9:58
Mile 2- 9:49
Mile 3- 9:39
Mile 4- 9:27
Mile 5- 9:24
I know that building my mental toughness and mind game abilities are equally as important to training as the mileage build-up. I feel like that is going to be one of my big focuses on my 'easy runs' is to try out new mental tactics to keep it interesting because just running 7 miles with no pace intentions might get boring.
What are some of your favorite mental tactics? I am a big fan of breaking down the run into teeny tiny pieces, but what else is out there that might be fun?