10% and 90%? No. 50% and 50%? No. 75% and 25%? That’s probably closer.
This is me trying to figure out the mental to physical strength I’m going to need in February. Yep, you guessed it, I signed up for a 50K trail run in Thailand. What the fuck am I thinking? Part of me said after I entered my credit card into the little box. This is going to be awesome! The other part was saying. 5:30am is not a good time to make big decisions, but I threw down the money and now I have to begin training—for realz.
74% mental: (I know, you think I’m nuts…bear with me) 50K is what? Like 30-something miles? That’s a lot of time on your feet, a lot of time in your brain, a lot of time to talk yourself out of something. Or in my case I’m pretty good at talking myself into things. Being here in Thailand is tough on my brain, on my emotions and on my regular life routine. Running has been a savior, if I can convince myself that 89 degrees isn’t that hot (mostly because yesterday was 94 degrees) and I can go out and run—I’m golden. Just 7-10 hours of that on race day and done is done!
25% physical: So yeah, I do have to train for this thing. My current idea of a training plan is as follows:
2xweek: 2 a day runs
1xweek: try to get out for over 2 hours (we’ll see how this goes)
Other activities: badminton, push-up, squats, lunges…etc.
By February 2nd it’s just going to be another long day in woods…right?
Wait wait wait!!! Where’s that extra 1% ? you ask?
1%: Support. Cheerleaders. Positive energy. Love. And Gu… don’t forget the Gu.