TMB Is A Genius!

I have been trying for a while to come up with a coherent post about my fear of getting faster. It’s not really that I’m scared – I’m just very reluctant to remove the “slow” and “back of the pack” labels from myself. Don’t get me wrong, I’m nowhere near being considered fast. I still run a 6 minute kilometre (10ish min/mile) on my steady runs. However, I am faster than I used to be. So when I saw TMB’s post today over at Racing With Babes I thought, “She totally nailed it on the head.”

Here are the two quotes I identify with:

“I am starting to suspect it was because I “told” myself that that was the pace I could run.” Yup. Fear of change. I’ve always known that Colin will run at my pace (he’s obnoxiously faster). When we ran our last half marathon training he really pushed me to go faster and I must have dropped a good 30 seconds/km. But I haven’t had him running with me lately so I haven’t gotten that extra push.

“First, that if you want to improve, you need to be deliberate about your training. And second, if you want to improve, you need to BELIEVE that you can improve.” I’ve totally seen how training has worked for me in the past. I have improved drastically over the last year and a half. But I struggle with the second point.

So thank you Tonia. That second part of the last point is totally going on my fridge.

And if anyone wants to send me one of these, please do:


7 responses

  1. So much of pushing in training is mental. If you dont think you can get faster there is no reason to train harder. It can be very easy to end up plateauing.

    December 10, 2010 at 8:35 pm

  2. glad you enjoyed the post. I always like being called a genius 😉

    December 10, 2010 at 8:36 pm

  3. I read a few days ago – You'll believe it when you see it? Maybe you'll see it when you believe it. – Something to that effect. I'm in the same boat. My goal for this year is to stop with the head games. Stop being afraid to myself harder. Did you see the Biggest Loser when Jill pushed Ada to run a 7:__ (can't remember exactly) after Ada told her the fastest mile she ever did was an 8:51? Inspiring.

    December 10, 2010 at 9:33 pm

  4. One day at a time; you will get faster.

    December 10, 2010 at 9:55 pm

  5. I have always been “slower” because of a fear of not being able to finish. I wonder if I am too old to get over that..

    December 11, 2010 at 10:46 am

  6. Like this quote;

    “I am starting to suspect it was because I “told” myself that that was the pace I could run.”

    December 11, 2010 at 2:31 pm

  7. TOTALLY identify with this…

    December 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm

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