Exhaustion

January 17th 2019

Today I did my second sprinting exhaustion test, and broke my one mile PB again. I am basically trying to discover for what distance I can run at my target 5k pace (4 min/km) before I collapse in a heap. You see, usually when I finish a 5km race I’m not absolutely exhausted, which goes to show that I’m not putting 100% of my effort into it.

Someone told me today that if I’m not seeing stars and vomiting blood by the end of a race, then I’m trying hard enough. And so that’s what I’m trying to make myself do. Ish. At the moment I want to just discover what I’m capable of, and slowly improve on that.

Last week I did an exhaustion test, and ran flat out for 2 kilometres at 4 min/km pace. This week, I made it 2.5 kilometres. So within a week I’ve gained an extra 2 minutes, and half a kilometre. That’s not to say that I’ve gained that much speed/fitness in a week, it’s just that I’ve kind of ‘unlocked’ that extra push from within myself.

Somewhere within today’s exhaustion test was a 1 mile PB. I expect that to keep improving as I repeat these tests too.

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Next week I’ll try and last for 3 kilometres at that pace, and slowly I’ll build the base to get me to my goal of completing a 5k in under 20 minutes.

People keep asking me where my newfound speed is coming from, and honestly I don’t think it has anything to do with my legs. I think it’s mainly to do with my head. I’m in a good headspace at the moment, and that’s allowing me to push through barriers that I previously wouldn’t. It means that when it starts to hurt, I can ignore it. And when I tell myself I’ve had enough, I know that I can do a little bit more.

And a little bit more.

And a little bit more.

So my legs haven’t changed. My lungs haven’t changed. It’s just my mindset. Previously, my exhaustion would come from my mind. Now, I’m running into I’m out of juice.

Until tomorrow, just a little bit more.

Jacn

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