I am finally back on my full running schedule, without pain, which is awesome. I’m trying to ramp the miles back up slowly, and am taking care to really stretch completely afterwards, as well as foam rolling pre-run. I am so happy to be out there again, especially without any knee, hip, IT, or Achilles pain.
The thing I didn’t count on was the mental drain. I have yet to go over five miles, and that was a struggle mentally the last 1.5. I was bored. I was mentally tired. I have plans to go for six tomorrow morning, and already my mind is going, “uhhhhhhh……” This part of running distance sucks – getting your mind to go along with it while you’re in it. It truly is a mental challenge.
I think it’s time to completely revamp my running playlist. It’s old. I’ve added and subtracted some over the last few years, but I believe I need to ditch it and, with a few exceptions, start all over again. Maybe that will help with the mental drag?
I used to become more mentally focused as I ran, writing blog posts in my head. Now, my mind scatters, and I can’t grasp on to even a wisp of a thought. The mind is a muscle, apparently, and it’ll have to get back up to speed just like the body. It’s going to take some work.
Music suggestions welcomed, as are any training tips to get the mind to stick it out for long distances.