I was slogging my way through an easy run on Monday when the saying “progress is not linear” popped into my mind. I was out for a 3 mile recovery run. I had just strung together 5 consecutive days of running, culminating with 8 miles on Sunday. My legs were tired. My brain still hurt from a particularly difficult class that morning. I glanced at my watch and saw 10:00+ paces (10:00 being the dividing pace between a normal recovery run and a “I should have just taken a day off” for me).
It was an easy run and I know I’m not in peak form, so I wasn’t too bothered. Still I thought to myself: This is not a run for social media.
But as I continued to run, I changed my mind. This is absolutely this type of run that should be out there. It is easy to humble brag about a great race or workout. But training is more than just one day, it is weeks, months, years of work.
And progress is definitely not linear and right now I’m down in a valley not up at a peak. It totally sucks. But it is okay. It is just a part of the process. All I can do right now is work on climbing out and hope that my next peak is a little bit higher than the last (and maybe breathe a sigh of relief that I have months and months ahead of me to make this climb).
Onward and upwards, my friends.