Now - a recent topic that has been on my mind:
Many folks have told me that marathon training is just as much, if not more about building up your mental capacity as it is building up your physical capacity. In short, our bodies are already capable of running 26.2 miles or even more - and we just have to train our minds to handle it.
|I love this.|
I've been paying attention to many recent instances in which people have said they have to think positively about their challenges in order to get through them. This applies to any situation - injuries, career, relationships, etc., etc.
When I type out that "thinking positively can help" it sounds ridiculously obvious. But what I've been pondering is the opposite consideration - and that is when thinking positively means putting yourself at risk for greater disappointment. Which is better or worse? Is it better or worse to have low expectations and then set yourself up for pleasant surprises? Or is it better or worse to think positively but then set yourself up for a potential letdown?
What is the harm in believing?
Switching gears, let's talk about my training from this past week.
- After taking a week off of running and really, really focusing on muscle stretching and foam-rolling, my wonky hip has shown some improvement. I ran a total of 20 miles last week with almost no hip pain, including a 12-mile training run last Sunday. Unfortunately, after doing a 3-mile run yesterday morning, I am experiencing a little bit of a setback today. However, I am still encouraged by the fact that things appear to be trending in the right direction.
- Excluding my half-marathon races, my 12-mile training run this past Sunday is the longest training run I've ever done. The thought of doing the 15+ mile runs on the training schedule used to daunt me to no end, but I'm finally starting to think that they may be achievable after all.
- Amidst all this, I almost overlooked the fact that my knees have also been holding up very well over the last several weeks, too. This is a huge victory for me. After struggling with so much stubborn knee pain in the past, I don't want to lose sight of this as something to be celebrated!
Some thoughts that are both related and unrelated to my training:
- I watched the Dream Team documentary last week and was captivated. Back in the Jordan era, I was a huge Bulls fan and remembered the thrill behind the Dream Team when it happened. This documentary is fantastic - such great coverage of player personalities and behind-the-scenes footage. Magic Johnson is so personable and likable, Charles Barkley steals the show with never owning an unexpressed thought, and Michael Jordan's competitiveness continues to bring the stage to new heights. This documentary is going into the DVR vault.
- I just heard about the inaugural BTN Big 10K race on July 28. Being a loyal alumnus of the University of Illinois (and with Adam being a loyal alumnus of Penn State), this race intrigues me. For various reasons I don't need to and shouldn't sign up for any more races this year, but this one is tempting. I'm not a fan of the hot dogs they are giving to the runners at the post race party, but the custom-selected race shirt is cool and it's always fun to do things that involve representing my alma mater. Food for thought (but still no hot dogs).
- Speaking of Big Ten schools, I'm headed to Ohio State University next month for a White House Initiative on Asian and Pacific Islanders. I was planning to be in Columbus just for the day, but a change of scenery is always nice and it would be fun to go running through the OSU campus. Would it be bad to stay an extra night with that being the primary motivation for doing so?
- I am itching to go on a quick vacation someplace. I always prefer to travel to places that are off the beaten path, but I haven't been to Disney or to Vegas in a few years and it would be fun to make a jaunt to either. This is partially driven by the fact that Adam is in Anaheim this week on business, and I am wishing more than anything that I could join him there. I want to go to Disneyland, plus visit my dear friends Ed and Myhien and their daughter Kai, who live nearby. Sigh.
- If I ever become fabulously wealthy, the first thing I want is the ability to travel at the drop of a hat.
|The 1992 Mens Olympic Basketball Team, aka "The Dream Team."|