Saturday, January 19, 2008

Body Willing; Mind Weak

My non-running friends probably think the body is what keeps a runner going, but this isn’t entirely true. The body is a dumb animal in many respects. It will do what it’s trained to do. Train properly, and you can point your body out the door, tell it to run, and it will trot along as ordered.

It’s the brain that will sabotage you.

I recovered fairly quickly from the marathon and by this morning I was ready to run again. Or so said my body. I picked out a three-loop route that would give me twelve miles while keeping me close to home. My body didn’t have a moment’s trouble, but from the very beginning my brain nagged at me. It’s too cold out. Too many puddles. I’m tired. I’m hungry. I don’t wanna. Can we go home now?

I persevered, but I was well into the final loop before my mind quit trying to sabotage my run and bowed to necessity.

So today I trained my mind. I like to think it was a character-building exercise, but it was probably just needless torment.

Recent Workouts (marathon recovery week)
Monday: 2 mile walk
Tuesday: 30 minute elliptical
Wednesday: 25 minute elliptical + 1 mile run
Thursday: 25 minute elliptical + 1 mile run
Friday: scheduled rest day
Saturday: 12 mile run


the Bag Lady said...

BG - wow, your recovery week sounds like something that would tax the Bag Lady's endurance. She really needs to get off her ever-expanding ass. She doesn't run, or work out on a machine, but yesterday she put out bedding for her cows -- forked three large round bales-worth of straw (does that sentence make any sense?) That means she spread it out with a pitck-fork. Three large round bales = a couple of tons worth of straw. Not a bad work-out. Her arms are tired and sore today. She shoveled snow, too. Lots of it.

Anonymous said...

for someone who is trying to overcome the mind that doesn't want to fight this was a great post! thanks for sharing

Rabbits' Guy said...

You have got the Bag Lady going!

Heck, sometimes my mind starts that NoNoNoNo chatter before I even get out of bed!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you recovered well from the marathon!

I'm proud of myself -- I'm doing great on exercise, and YAY YAY YAY, so is hubby! :) And a few days ago we got a weight bench -- weight training to go along with our hikes in the mountains. We're feeling brighter eyed and more bushy tailed than we have in some time! :)