My heart beats in my chest. With every foot-strike I move faster on the running path. I look down at my Garmin. My splits are too fast for the prescribed workout. But I can’t help it. I feel good and I want to go faster. I want to see faster splits.
This is not a smart way to run when training for a race. But why then do we sometimes allow our ego to take over. Our inner-competitiveness to drive the workout?
It happens on race day too. You start out and the pace feels easy. The pace feels light and you think to yourself, “I can run this pace,” even though you know that it is not the pace that you’ve trained for and if you run that pace you will most certainly bonk, crash and burn, fail to achieve what you set out to do.
How do you fight the desire to move fast and to be a disciplined runner?
This is something that I am constantly working on with my running. I have had my fair share of race day disappointments due to following my ego rather than racing as a disciplined runner.
What are some ways to ensure that you train and race as a disciplined runner.
- Hire a coach-Working with a coach will provide you with specific outlined workouts that you must follow and if you don’t you must answer to your coach. You cannot hide . . .
- Keep Yourself Honest-Keep a training journal. Log your workouts using things such as a Training Peaks or Strava. By doing this you will see your workout data and can make sure that you are staying on track with your training.
- Keep your eyes on the prize-Write down your goal and check in with it every now and again. Make your goal your mantra.
- Take it slow-Remember that not every workout is supposed to be fast. Sometimes you just need to take it easy. Those base run miles are important too and you need to allow your body time to recover.
- Stick to your plan-Before race day set up your plan for what paces you are planning to run and use your watch to help you to stick to your plan.
- Don’t worry about the other runners-If you have a goal time in mind then don’t get caught up racing someone else’s pace, this can end in disaster.