After a few weeks of 'slacking off' it is back to the program. I feel that I am now working in a direction rather than just poking around doing some kind of training! I guess I need to be working towards a goal to be truly entertained with my training. Mission accomplished, and it is great!
This week has been good! Rest day Monday; Tuesday was a great 10k run, the weather was awesome. I did it a lunch from work which is something I have not done in a while. It is a great way to break the day up, filled me with new energy to go into the afternoon. The run was at a 5:10-5:15 pace and felt great along most of the way. There were a couple of good hills to play on and I knocked them off with no problem and no explosion in my heart rate. Even though it was a good run, I cant say I really found my groove.
Today was a fun day on the run front. The group that I coached to the half marathon had a great run for race day and wanted to keep the club going through the rest of the off season. Tonight we headed out for a great short run as a group. It was a 5k easy run on a perfect evening. The temperature with just a little rain coming down. Tonight I did find my groove, felt like I could keep running for days! I love those days, wish I could bottle them to trade off for the bad ones. I have started keeping run notes and studying how I feel and what is going through my head when I have to wonder runs. If I learn where my head is at it will make it easier to go back to that place when a run is not going so great!
Tomorrow is a tough run day! A 35m run at a 450 pace, I am getting myself in the groove headspace now, because it is a new effort for me! The process of becoming a runner is a tough one but, it is a good thing that I want to be there, I cant imagine anyone wanting to go through the process for fun! For me as crazy as it sounds and as much as I might sound like I am complaining a bit, I truly enjoy the pain after the workout. It is a great process in finding new limits and seeing what one is capable of if they don't let the mind tell them differently. Try it, next time you want to slow down get out of your head space and think about why you want to slow down? Is it truly because you can not continue, or is it a story you are creating in your head because it is getting tough and is outside of your comfort zone?? I bet it is the story, please share you experiences in how you manage to push yourself when you get uncomfortable.
On another training note, I just finished reading an awesome book! If you have not read BORN TO RUN, you need to go out and buy it! It is a wonderful book about running, will inspire you and make you look differently at your training and practice. It was a great read and I think that any runner needs to put it in their library!
Time to get some rest. feeling a cold coming on and hoping I can stay one step ahead of it!! Let me know any secret medicines you know, rest seems to be almost keeping it at bay! Cheers!