So yesterday I was whiny because I felt like my runs lately have sort of sucked and well, to be honest, my heart hasn’t been really in it of late. Fortunately, I was delivered a rather big reality check courtesy of my dad and making it through one of my low key, easy paced 5 milers.
I finished my 5 miler in about 43-ish minutes…doing an 8:30 plus pace…and though it isn’t slow by any means, it felt slow to me. I checked my Garmin multiple times per quarter mile. I gritted my teeth, and uttered one of my favourite refrains…”the head gives up miles before the body…” and it was something I was totally living in that moment. Eventually, it ended and I was able to bid adieu to the treadmill.
As I workout with my dad (who is also my quasi running coach), I stopped by to give him a report…mentioning how long it felt and how tempted I was to up the pace so I could get it done and over with (something that I have been doing a lot during my “easy” runs lately). He said think of how your run club feels..and I gave him a funny look and he basically tuned me up a bit and gave me a healthy dose of perspective. My run club are nearly all new runners and most of them are doing run/walk programs…and in the time it takes me to run 10 miles, they are completing only half of that distance….plus they don’t have the history and experience to necessarily grind through those tough runs/miles and it makes it that much harder to stay motivated and get in your training.
Then he closed by suggesting that I shouldn’t forget that a little over a year ago, you would’ve been excited to run 8:30s for 5 miles and seen it as “fast.” You need to keep this all in perspective and remember that there are always going to be good runs and bad runs and you need both kinds to build the character required to hit the goals you want.
Something about that little tune up just kind kicked my arse. After tonight’s speed work (simply because I sort of enjoy speed work), I am going to take it easy (as advised in the comments of yesterday’s blog post), as I enter my birthday weekend and fit in whatever runs I can and try to enjoy it and not worry about hitting goal paces, but just fun my happy running vibe again. After all, happy running is what helped me hit my goals last summer and I’m sure that finding my happy running vibe will help me hit my future goals and help my run club be extra awesome, too. 🙂