Trust In Your Training

I’m guessing that’s not the first time you’ve heard this  :)  I have had this phrase repeated to me over and over again by my Runner Girls over the years (and have probably reminded them of the same a time or two as well).TRUST Your TrainingTrust In Your Training.  It’s a lot harder than it sounds.  The truth of the matter is that, the more time I spend training to achieve a specific goal {pace or distance} the more I have to trust the process. Maybe one run doesn’t go as well as I had hoped {or it goes much better than expected!} – I can’t give up on my training plan.  Minor adjustments are sometimes necessary – usually for my sanity – but the big picture looks the same.  Photo Feb 20, 8 29 55 AM (1)This past weekend was the perfect example.  We had 8 miles at race pace (~9 min/mile) on the schedule for the Sub-2 Crew.  Though last weekend’s 7 miler felt good, the previous two long runs (5 miles one week then 6 the next) were not my best.  In fact, they were two of the hardest training runs I’ve had in recent memory – mentally and physically.

Mentally, they were quite possibly harder than my 15-miler last fall {which was brutal!}  Physically, I have been training for half marathons year-round for five years – a 5 or 6 mile run should not have me gasping for air halfway through.  Photo Feb 23, 9 02 59 AMHad this been just another long run, I probably would have dreaded it a lot more!  Fortunately Summer, Annette and I were signed up for our 2nd Indy Polar Bear in as many years.  Last year we drove downtown in blizzard-like conditions and ran the 5K in at least of foot of snow on unplowed roads.

This year we decided to run both the 5K and 5 miler {dubbed “The Bear”} to get all of our miles in … and it was nearly 60* when we finished! Oh Indiana weather! Photo Feb 20, 1 57 40 PMWeather always seems to be a factor for me;  Saturday was beautiful and our overall times reflected that.  We all set our 5K PR at 27:30 and I set my 5 mile PR at 44:59 {according to official race results}.  I wore my Indy Mini Race Ambassador shirt and my /turquoise/ believe flower for luck!  The first Sub-2 race pace test is in the books … and was a success!  But it just as easily could have never happened.  

Trust in your training.  After those first two weeks, I wanted to quit.  Honest to goodness, I had decided that getting any faster was out of the question – that it just wasn’t meant to be.   

Trust in your training.  I decided to stick to the schedule only because I had already promised my BRF’s that I would train with them.

Trust in your training.  But secretly I told myself I was finished.  There would be no Sub-2 for me.

Seriously – it was WEEK 2 and I was ready to give up!?!  But I didn’t.  And I won’t.  I DECLARED it after all! {And I have a Runner Girl or two who will scold me after reading this for ever letting the negative thoughts take over.} I don’t know if a sub-2 hour half marathon is in my future or not.  But I will continue to trust in my training see this plan through to race day!

How do you stay motivated through a tough training plan or workout regime?    Share a favorite race or PR story!

Linking up with Marcia today for Tuesday’s on the Run!

12 thoughts on “Trust In Your Training

  1. Sounds like great weather for that race! If I have a fun race that i’m looking forward to or hoping to PR at, that will motivate me. If I have no races on my schedule I am Not motivated at ALL!

    1. Java & Sole says:

      Haha! I HAVE to keep signing up for things or I am the same way – absolutely no motivation to keep running. Even if it’s just a 5K with my kids, something has to be on the calendar or I’m toast! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says:

    This was great to read. When we’re training, it can be tough to go through runs that didn’t go as well as we’d like. I’ve definitely felt the same way as you. But that’s so great that you guys did so well. The training does work, even when it’s not perfect!

    1. Java & Sole says:

      Thank you :) It’s good to know I’m not alone – seems like the runs that are easiest for everyone else are hardest for me. Though this weekend it was the opposite. The training plan rules supreme for a reason! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I also participated in a “cold” themed race this year called the Frostbite and it was like almost 70 by the time we finished, Trust the plan… ah how many times have I heard it and it is so hard to do but just when you think it’s not working or go to question it, everything falls together!

    1. Java & Sole says:

      With every race I am surprised at how much harder it is to trust the plan. It’s supposed to get easier, right?? Love it when those “winter” races warm up significantly for us! Great job on your run this weekend!

  4. Darlene says:

    I need someone to motivate me to sub-2. As the distance gets longer, my pace is slower.

    Good luck achieving your goal.

    1. Java & Sole says:

      Darlene – I will tell you that our secret is that we cannot pace ourselves :) Our good friends and RG’s Jenny, Mary and Jen are very graciously dedicated to pacing us because, honestly, if left to motivating ourselves we would have probably stopped a long time ago :) Where are you? I would suggest trying to hook up with a local running group and join them for long runs, especially! In the mean time – I would LOVE for you to tag your post-workout pictures or updates with #sub2crew so we can see them :) Or email me at brandi@javaandsole.com – because accountability is Everything! Best of luck!! Can’t wait to see your updates!

  5. Jen says:

    You girls have this sub two! You are doing fantastic! My problem is trusting the training on race day. I get so nervous I can’t breathe…doesn’t mix well with a fast run!

    1. Java & Sole says:

      Ah, race day – I totally get that! I’m usually so focused on whether or not I stand in line at the porta pot that I forget to be nervous for the actual race. I worry that I’m over dressed or under dressed or wearing the wrong sports bra or that my shoes are tied too tight. I spend about 8 miles second guessing these silly nuances before I realize the race is half over :)

  6. LaChicaRuns says:

    My personal mantra is similar (Trust the Plan) and just as effective. When I’m struggling, I can recite that line to myself and it always gets me to the end of the run or race.

    1. Java & Sole says:

      Great Advice!! I will start doing that now! I have always let my head get in the way of my goals – even reminding myself that my brain would give up before my legs did. At some point (and always around mile 11 on race day!) my brain usually wins and the last two miles are a struggle. I’m ready to re-write the ending :)

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