And then I stumbled upon this article and my approach to running has completely turned around.
I realized it is not my body that is letting me down, but my mind.
Now when the body starts hurting, I think to myself that it just pain and I can run through it. I pick a spot on the wall, tune out my body, and relax as much as I can. The pain fades, the body relaxes and I get the energy to power on.
I think of it as a form of meditation and it is working wonders for me. Sometimes I get so zoned in that I get a form of tunnel vision.
As race day approaches, my training schedule is kicking up a gear. Today I am doing two 10 minute bursts at near race pace as part of a 6km run. Saturday sees me running 10km at a 90% race pace.
Without this new found mediation technique, I don't think I could do it.
Ideally, I would be running in silence and truly zone out, but I just love listening to Democracy Now! too damn much and don't want to give up my daily dose of human rights news.