Today, Sunday 27 June 2021, I ran a half-marathon.
In a different context, Caesar said: “Veni Vedi Vici” (translating “I came, I saw, I conquered”). From my experience of running this half-marathon, my personal experience was more like:
I ran. I stressed myself out. I laughed. I cried. I almost gave up…
I ran 21k. I forgot that a half-marathon is 21.1k. I cried. I laughed. I did one of my fastest runs. Not what I aimed for. But I won. And I received a Minion badge.
My experience of the 2021 half-marathon
I had a plan. I thought I had a plan.
Things quickly turned out not to go according to plan.
- I ran in automatic mode for 4 kilometers.
- I ran in fight or flight mode for 12 kilometers.
- I ran in a depressive burnt-out survival mode for 3 kilometers.
- I ran in sprint mode for the last 2 kilometers.
My objective was to run the half-marathon under 1H30min. I did not make this happen this time. In reflecting upon this experience, I realise that this goal was too far stretched.
Most importantly, I realise after years of running that I have been missing something to perform at the level I expect.
To find it out, that is why:
- I need a coach
- And I need to coach
Your Key Food for Thoughts (KFT)
- Get ready for your plan to fail, but see it as a learning step
- If it does not happen now, that may mean that you need to develop skills, knowledge and practice
- Get back to the last boulder you jumped on, define a new plan, train and try again. Read this quote
- Get guidance from a coach and teach others do the same. Get in touch with me.