Lately

Running has been weird lately. Some days I am eager to get out the door and other days I just can’t find the motivation to lace up. This week has started with two days of zero motivation. Fortunately the thunderstorms provided me with an ironclad excuse for skipping my runs. Monday became a rest day and Tuesday turned into yoga, so not a complete loss.

Right now I feel like I am in a holding pattern. Classes are about to start. Marathon training is about to start. I’m excited about both of these things but I feel like I am stuck playing the waiting game for now.

Overall, I’ve really only missed a few runs in the past couple weeks, but because this funk is coming right after a longer-than-expected race recovery, it is starting to feel like ALL of August has been a waste. Which is not true at all. I’ve still be getting in a fair amount of easy running and have been injecting some quality into my long runs. The last two long runs were

  • 2 miles easy, 5 @ marathon pace (8:03 avg), 1 easy, 5 @ marathon pace (8:05 avg), 0.5 easy (13.5 total)
  • 3 easy, 3 @ tempo (7:20 avg), 60 minutes easy, 1 @ tempo (7:26), 1 easy (14.5 total)

I have a half marathon in a couple weeks. I’m a bit nervous to try for sub 1:40, but I think I am going to go for it. This race will set the paces for my next training cycle and my birthday marathon, so I would like it to be a PR. But I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself. The worst thing that could happen is that I miss my goal and try again in the spring. And if I hit my goal? I’ll still probably race a half marathon this spring. Not really a huge difference in the two outcomes.

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5 thoughts on “Lately

  1. Those are awesome workouts! You should be really proud.

    August is a tough month and I did not run as many miles as I do some months either. It is hard but I am trying to focus on what I *do* get accomplished rather than what I miss- thinking about the positive. You still have a long way off from the birthday marathon and even the half, so give yourself grace, just trust the process. It will all work out! And like you said, the worst case scenario is that you don’t meet your goal and you train and try again. When you love running, that’s not a bad thing.

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  2. I feel ya – I’ve been struggling with motivation all summer and simply have been getting out the door because I feel I have to since I’m training. Had I not been training, I doubt I would’ve run nearly as often as I have been!

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