I ran 8 miles this morning.
It’s the farthest I’ve run in months. Not going to lie, I was intimidated.
I always figured that after running a certain distance, smaller mileage wouldn’t scare me anymore. Maybe that’s true of some runners, but that isn’t the case for me. I am constantly battling my way up to higher mileage and constantly doubting myself.
The truth is that I can probably run as far as I want whenever I want. As long as I work my way up, my body is capable of carrying through the miles. It’s all mental. I realized that around mile 2 today. I tried to really tune in to my body and take stock of how everything felt. Breathing was fine, legs felt strong, I was plenty hydrated. I knew that as long as I kept my mental treadmill going (left foot, right foot, repeat), I could run the 8. And I did.
I don’t say this to brag. (I don’t even know if 8 miles is worth bragging about.) I say this because whatever mileage it is that you are aiming to run, that you are scared of going for, you can do it. Work your way up, train smart, and just run.
Don’t let the mental roadblocks stop you from trying.
Left foot, right foot, repeat.