Trying to run a marathon is no easy feat. I've always known that. But right now, in Week 11, I'm having a total mental breakdown over my ability to be able to pull this off. Everything I read, everyone I talk to, makes me feel like there's no way I can do this!
- "You have to run 'this' many miles a week in order run a marathon."
- "You need to eat 'this' kind of food or else you won't be able to run a marathon."
- "You have to run 'thisexactstyle' in order to run a marathon."
- "You're not running properly if you're heel-striking/don't heel strike."
- "If you're not clocking at least a 10:00 pace, then you're not really running the marathon."
- "If you're getting blisters, then you're running wrong."
- "If you're getting blisters/sore muscles after the LSD, then you're wearing the wrong shoes."
- "What program are you using? Well, that's not the right program! You have to use this program or else you'll hurt yourself!"
- "Running is bad for you & our bodies weren't designed for that type of abuse."
- ...& my all-time favorite way for others to spread negativity: "You're wasting your time, trust ME. I've done a marathon & it wasn't worth it at all."
So here's my rant: why does everyone think they know better than I do? I am not a marathon expert by any means. My history with injury proves that point. But I think I know my body. I know what I can handle... or at least I did, right up until this moment. I usually under-sell myself in that regard & don't push myself hard enough. Why can't I just run, do my training, & see what I'm really capable of?
Right now, I've got all of this negative stuff floating around my head & it's dragging me down. I've got 14 miles on Sunday & I'm genuinely thinking, "I've been training wrong this entire time & there's no way I can do this." How in the world am I supposed to run 14 miles? That's insane! And now, all the Negative Nancys have turned me into a crazy person.
Question of the day: how do you deal with the Negative Nancys in your life?