Friday, September 18, 2009

Running Dreams

"If you dream of the desire to run but cannot get your feet to obey it shows a lack of self confidence and perseverance on your part. Try sticking to your guns and see how much your life will change."

I guess I need to stick to my guns, because my dreams are taking over....

Last night I had a dream that I was doing a half marathon on the same day as my 5k that I am doing tomorrow. I was really excited to do this half to test out my training and I knew that the competition wasn't too bad. (My 5k tomorrow has a similar competition field, so I am pretty excited.)

So I start out the half marathon at the front of the pack and it was on a track. Yes, this was going to be a fun half marathon of many laps around the track. My first couple laps were at a decent pace and then I slowed down. Big time. I couldn't get my feet to go any faster. I was taking breaks and talking to people and I kept seeing people I knew from high school passing me, people who don't run and could never beat me in my current physical condition. I kept going, even though I was continuing to slow down and there were hardly any people left. I was surprisingly positive even though my body was not cooperating, I kept thinking I should be OK for my 5k since I blew this race. Since we all do 5k's on the same day as a half marathon. At the end of the race I noticed that my feet were not touching the ground. I was happy to know that, that was why I wasn't going fast, but I could not figure out how to get my feet to touch the ground. They would not cooperate with me AT all. Then I woke up.

I woke up and told my husband about my dream and he told me of a very similar dream when he was young so we decided to look up the meaning and the quote at the top is what we found. It makes sense for both of our situations. I know at this time that I am very self conscious about my upcoming marathon but also that I am fully capable, I just need to not let my mind convince me otherwise.

Do you have marathon dreams? In the past I have had dreams where I show up late for the race and basically run the whole thing by myself. I love taper time, it brings on such fun things as crazy dreams and crazy phantom pains.

I am taking today off from running. Can you believe it? After my bad weekend, I planned for an extra rest day this week and here it is. Tomorrow I am running another local 5k. This is a pretty flat 5k, so I am hoping for a PR, we will soon see.

Have a good weekend!


Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Dreams are sooo weird. When I played basketball I used to have a re-occuring dream that my coach would go to put me in the game but I would not have my hair up or my shoes on...HATED that dream. I always wanted to wake up to avoid the ANXIETY..

Good luck in your 5K. What time are you hoping for? I have a 5K tomorrow as well..


Jaqueline said...

Keep in mind that there's also the phenomenon of feeling sluggish and/or floating in your dreams as your sub-conscience is trying to figure out why your body is so deeply asleep. So, being in a dream, your mind comes up with crazy explanations and narratives as to why that might be.

mamasweeds said...

This was so much fun to read! It made me remember a running dream I had once where I was running a 10K and I was in the lead and couldn't believe it. But the course when through a park and I took a wrong turn and got lost. It was such a stressful feeling being lost during a race, especially when I thought I was going to win!

I've also had dreams where I'm running but my legs feel like lead and I can't get them to move any faster.

Funny that runners have similar dreams - pregnant moms do too! I had a dream when pregnant that my belly was like a fish bowl and I could see what was going on in there. Turns out that's a pretty typical pregnancy dream!

Good luck at your 5K today!

Caroline said...

Neat dream, and I like that quote too!

Happy PRing at that upcoming 5K!!