That is how I felt this morning.
Why is it that some days it feels like you are putting out the same amount of effort but running so much slower. That was today. It didn't feel like I was taking it easy on a casual jog, but you wouldn't know it by looking at my pace. I ran at a 10:47 pace and it felt no different than a 9:47 pace on any other day. WTH??
And how can a run that is a minute per mile slower than most of my runs have me end up a sweaty mess? I was also huffing and puffing quite a bit. For the first time during a short run (only 3 miles), I actually considered walking for part of it. I didn't, but I wanted to. I guess I could blame it on humidity, but that excuse is getting old.
Thank goodness that while I was trying to wake up this morning, putting off my run until I was at a point when I had to go or call it a day, I read a post on Runner's Lounge. Tom wrote about the importance of an easy run. So instead of kicking myself for running so slow, I told myself that an easy recovery run is good for my training. I suppose today was a recovery run. It was the first time I had run since the half marathon *blush*.
I have figured out that I really need to sign up for a race. With nothing on the horizon to train for, it is super hard to push myself to get through those sluggish "easy runs." I don't think I will be training for a marathon any time soon. We have so much going on, I doubt I can put in that kind of time right now. I'll probably wait to do one in the spring. I had thought about Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon, but honestly, it seems really hard. I should do it though. It's only a couple of weeks away. Hmmm... decisions, decisions.
******Btw, this is my 100th post!!! I know some people do something special to celebrate their 100th post. I decided to have a mediocre run- LOL. Maybe I should have waited until something really cool happened. But since this is a blog about running, maybe it is appropriate that this post is about a typical, sluggish, run-of-the-mill, everyday three mile run. At least I woke up early and got out there, right??
Thanks for all the support and encouragement over the past 6 months. This blog has turned out to be so much more than I thought it would be. The connections I have made with other runners is something I never expected. It is really cool to connect this way...