This was an interesting week-- I went from running in full rain gear to running in shorts and a tank. I definitely struggled this week and I need to work on getting "out of my head." As physical of a sport that running is, there are definitely times when it more mental than anything else. This was one of those weeks for me.
After my long run on Saturday, I was feeling pretty good and headed out for a few miles. It was still overcast and gloomy, but I brought my own sunshine with all the colors. It wasn’t my best run, but it wasn’t my worst.
I headed out early afternoon in chase of three miles. I just couldn’t get my head into the game. It was another rainy day run and I think the rain was putting me in a funk. This run felt like more effort than it should have. (It was so bad, I didn’t even take pictures of it) It was such a struggle, that I stopped after a mile and decided to make this my rest day.
The rain had finally stopped, but I was still in my running funk. Nothing felt right. The only bright side of this run was the amazing clouds that were out when I went running. I have loved clouds since I was a little girl and I am always in awe when there is good cloudage.
The rain and clouds were finally gone—we had sunshine! I can’t even explain how happy I was. I headed out to the trails to get a few miles in and it felt amazing! Nothing helps a funk like sunshine and dirt under your feet.
My speed work day—I have a love/hate relationship with these runs. I know they are helpful, but I am still struggling to find the right paces for me. I went down to the bay and it was another beautiful day, so I ran at the pace that felt right. But that ended up being too fast to start with, which isn’t helpful if I’m burning out the first few miles. But I will continue to work on it.
I started my morning with the #RUN619—I had missed the past two week and I didn’t realize how much I missed this group! It’s a great way to start my day and these are always good runs.
Eighteen miles scheduled for this run. Eighteen miles didn’t happen. I can’t pinpoint exactly where it went wrong, I just know that it did. I fell- twice. I ran out of hydration and fuel. I had dizzy spells. Simply put, I was a hot mess. Around mile eleven, I decided I needed to listen to my body and my body was telling me to stop. I was frustrated and disappointed—there were tears. But I also knew that pushing myself could make it worse for me in the long run. I am struggling to find the right fuel for my longer runs and I suspect this was part of problem during this run—I ate after my run and almost immediately felt better. Later in the day, I went to a local running store and picked up some different fuels to try. I’m hoping to find the right balance in the next couple of weeks so that I don’t have a repeat of today's run.
Total Weekly Miles: 37.5
Do you ever get in your head when you run? How do you deal with it?
Until next time, happy running.
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