I have found myself embarking on a new technique recently during runs. It’s called “Let’s Make a Deal”. If you’re old, like me, you remember the old game show from the 60’s and 70’s of that name that revolved around either accepting a deal to determine which curtain you would open, and the host would ask you if you would exchange the curtain (unknown prize) for an amount of money. He would also say “I’ll give you $50 for a chapstick” or some other odd item to see if that person had it on them (usually a woman in the audience with a purse). The cool aspect of the show was that everyone in the audience was in costume.
Not to be mistaken for this “Let’s Make a Deal”, and if you know this one it says many things about you, your age, and your sense of humor. 🙂
So, while running, I find myself saying things in my head like “If you make it to that stop sign you can walk for a minute”, or “Make it to that shade spot and walk through the shade”. Things of that nature. I often lie to myself, because I am a bastard like that (as I have been told by others), so when reaching the stop sign I will say “HA! If you can make it to this stop sign you can make it to that stop light easy, and THEN you can walk!! You lazy ass!!” (I have found that tough talk like this scares me into running because I can, in fact, kick my own ass and I didn’t want to get beat up).
So, lately I have been running very well since coming off the foot injury. I have had recent run splits as fast as 9:37, which for me is FLYING. I still cannot run a full 5k without walking, but my overall pace has improved from 20:00 miles in January to 11:55 miles now. It’s still a work in progress, but there IS progress.