Happy Thursday Ya’ll!
It’s crazy gloomy here in Winnipeg–and in truth, it has been for a number of days now, maybe even for the last week and a half. It’s a bummer on a number of levels, most notably is that this time of year are the last gasps of summer…and well, it’s been cool and wet.
The gloomy sorta reflects how I feel about my running of late. Since running that crazy race in Minnesota – aka the one I still haven’t written up a recap of, my running dedication has taken a marked downturn. Long runs have been increasingly hard to finish. My mental strength is gone and my legs feel like 1000 lb anvils. This wouldn’t normally be that huge of a deal as I know that running is all ebb and flow, but I have my last chance to hit my sub 1:50 goal coming up this Sunday in Regina, Saskatchewan at the Queen City Half (where Lindsey will also be running and my dear friend O is pacing me). Short runs I can manage, and manage with speed…but man…long runs are my personal hell of late.
The worst part of my buggered up running vibe is that I was doing so well. In July my long runs were all at much faster paces than I needed. a few 10 milers at 8:14 and 8:05 average paces, followed by a 12 miler at 8:15 (I think….I can’t remember exactly). It just messes with my head that I can’t even get past about 7 miles at a slower pace of 8:22 (I need 8:23 to hit 1:50 exactly and I would like to be 1:49:59 or faster).
I’m hoping that, between now and Sunday the tides will change and my legs will come back. It’s happened before, and who knows, maybe it will happen again….even if I don’t hit Sub 1:50, I would like to put out a solid effort and hope to PR. Going into the race, here are my ABC Goals:
A: Finish feeling like I tried my best (this one will be probably be as mentally hard if not harder than hitting my Sub 1:50 goal)
B: Finish with a PR – my current PR is 1:52: 20 from the Disneyland Half Marathon last year.
C: Finish 1:49: 59 or faster, thus meeting my Sub 1:50 goal.
I don’t really know why I’m even writing this post, except out of pure frustration. I’m trying to look at it from a positive side–if Operation Sub 1:50 doesn’t happen in Regina, it gives me more time to train and the opportunity to make it happen at Princess Weekend–a race where I have dreamed of PRing and feel especially determined to PR at, given my dismal experience from 2013. Who knows, maybe my training in the fall will go really well and I’ll end up skipping my Sub 1:50 goal and end up with a 1:45 ish time? Crazy things can happen, right?
Thanks for listening folks! Talk to you soon!