My Running Funk
Monday: 4 miles @ 8:20 pace/ Body Pump
Tuesday: 4 miles @ 8:20 pace/ Pilates
Two good runs and two great classes. A nice start to the week.
After getting back from Asia, I thought I was going to be itching more than ever to go running. Eehhhh, not so much. Granted, we both got sick in China (I’ll recap that soon!) and I was still coughing and blowing my nose like it was my job when we got back. We got in late Tuesday night and I had NO desire to run Wednesday. In fact, I slept until 10:30AM. 10:30 people! That is unheard of for this girl, so you know I was under the weather.
I ran an easy 4 miles on Thursday that weren’t that easy. Six the next day, still not feeling like myself, I chalked it up to my body getting better. The next few runs were all like this. Done at an easy pace, but at a much higher effort than normal. It was like I wanted to WANT to run so badly, but when I did, I didn’t enjoy it and it got me really down. I think I tried to do too much too soon and my body just wasn’t ready, therefore, my mind wasn’t either. It can take a while to bounce back when the body goes through something “traumatic” like poor air quality and a nasty cold. It’s different than a muscle injury, in my opinion.
I told Todd that I think reading running blogs was adding to my funk. I kept reading about all these people training hard, PRing and signing up for fun races and I’m not doing any of that. I know you shouldn’t compare yourself to other bloggers/runners, but sometimes it happens. Actually, I don’t think I’m so much comparing myself, as I am jealous of their success and ABILITY to train hard. Reading about people who are “easily” hitting their paces (even if they’re different) can be hard. This of course makes your slump even worse. What a vicious cycle, haha.
I was e-mailing with my blogesphere friend Sammie about this exact issue and she eventually realized a lot of her funk was due to underlying issues in her personal life. I can totally relate to that. We are trying to get pregnant (I owe you guys a post on that topic!) and running plays a huge role in that. Short version- I’m not the high mileage runner that can get pregnant at race weight. No more speed workouts or super long runs, read- no more training- and I need to put on a few pounds (exciting and scary at the same time.) I know it will all be worth it in the end. DUH! But the process is hard.
OK. Back to my slump… I think I’m finally out of it, haha. My 12 mile run on Saturday was MUCH better. I know most of it has to do with the fact that I’m fully recovered from whatever sickness I got in China, but part of it was knowing that I had a lady doctor appointment today- again, more on this later- AND knowing I’ll get to cheer my sister on in her marathon this weekend and live vicariously through her! Although I won’t be doing any of my favorite workouts any time soon, I can still run and I am actually ENJOYING my runs again 🙂 Thanks for listening to me ramble! Sorry for the lack of pictures.