I had a pretty decent running week last week. 4.5 miles Monday, 3 miles on Thursday, 4 miles on Saturday and 9 miles on Sunday!
Monday's run was the best run I have ever had. It was the fastest and least mentally challenging. I couldn't believe how quick I was going and with little to no fatigue.
Thursday's run...Ha....3 miles in 28:56! I was quite proud of that and I started thinking that maybe, just maybe, I have found my stride and I really could be a fast runner.
Saturday's run...well, it was awful. I was tired and just not wanting to run as hard and fast as I know I can. It was a pace run. So, I should have pushed myself to run 9:50 miles. Did it happen...no! I averaged a 10:08. I am not going to beat myself up too badly, but I was frustrated for sure. I kept telling myself, 'You have to take the good with the bad, Tiff! Your last training program you rocked basically all but 3 of the runs. C'mon, you can do it sis!'. Did it help? Meh....yes and no!
Sunday's run...it was just insane and annoying.
Mile 1: 10:22
Mile 2: 11:01
Mile 3: 11:03
Mile 4: 11:44
Mile 5: 11:42
Mile 6: 11:22
Mile 7: 11:44
Mile 8: 11:38
Mile 9: 11:51
I read somewhere that you are supposed to do your long runs 1 minute to 1.5 minutes slower per mile. I want to run this with an average of 9:50 or so per mile. I am nowhere close to that. One of the biggest factors to my poor performance yesterday was that it was HOT! I have not spent a lot of time running in the heat this summer. I ran in the 90 degree weather 3 times and wanted to die! Yesterday, I left the house when it was 65 degrees and thought, 'Oh, that is pretty decent. 50's would be better, but whatever!'. Yeah, when I got home my thermostat said it was 85 degrees. No wonder. Especially because I was caring powerade and that was the only hydration I had. The water fountain along the trail I took has been broken forever. Duh! I should have worn the backpack.
At mile 6.5, I sat down and cried for a minute. I needed the shade because I thought I was going to pass out for the better part of 6 miles. I am really stressed with the divorce, family issues, working 2 jobs, taking care of the household chores and now going into the busy season of work....I promised I was going to kick the last 2.5 miles butts. That didn't happen, but I. DID. FINISH! That's what I am proud of.
10 miles on Saturday and I will:
- Properly hydrate before and during the run.
- Not pressure myself too much.
- Push myself.
- Run in the morning when it is cooooooooolllll!!!