A few weeks ago I ran the Cool Moon 100 and basically had a mental breakdown during the race and dropped out of the event at mile 50.
When I got back home from the race I decided I needed to up my training. I needed to regain my mental toughness that I felt that I had lost.
I made it a point to train the last few weeks with my friend Steve and my friend Andrea.
Steve is my Jiu Jitsu coach and knows how to push people. I told him about what happened during Cool Moon and how I needed mentally challenging workouts to help me get my game back. Steve was more than willing to help me out. Every workout with Steve was mentally and physically taxing. A lot of sparing with no rest, and constantly being put in positions where I wanted to give up and tap out, but giving up and taping out was not an option. I was getting very comfortable with being uncomfortable again once I started working out with Steve and my old Jiu Jitsu buddies.
My friend Andrea is getting ready for her first full Iron Man. On Tuesday mornings I've been tagging along with her and doing her morning workout. Andrea is pretty fast and an awesome training partner. She pushs the pace every time you run with her. Even her "easy" pace is pretty hard at times to keep up with.
After spending the last few weeks working out with Steve and Andrea, I honestly feel like the holes that I had during Cool Moon have been filled. These two awesome friends helped me push myself mentally and physically to the extreme over the last few weeks.
I feel like my confidence to push hard has been regained!!
I'm running the Headlands 100 for my 5th time in a row in just a couple hours from now, and I'm totally ready to rock and roll!!!!
Until next time...