I’m just under 3 weeks away from the Women’s Half Marathon. And I’m not feeling it.
Specifically, I’ve had one horrible 10 miler, a 5 miler that I so wanted to bail on midway through, and a swim practice that hurt like no other swim practice has hurt before. I think I’m psyching myself out.
Jena and I ran in Clearwater beginning at Sand Key Park. Our pace wasn’t so bad (9:24), but the run just didn’t feel as good (or as fast) as some of our other long runs.
About half way up this half mile incline, Jena and I looked at each other, huffing and puffying, and both were like, “I hate to bitch, but this sucks!” (We live in Florida; cut us some slack.)
I think by mile 2, we were done talking and only focusing on one thing – reaching 10 miles. We were sure to hit 10 miles before having to go back up that bridge. It was a long 1.5 mile walk back to the car.
I’m trying to evaluate why the run hurt so bad. Here is my theory:
1) I lifted 2x in the days leading up to this run (Monday and Friday). Both days just happened to be legs. My trainer thinks it funny to watch me suffer. I was in the “it hurts so bad, I can’t sit and pee” category for the week.
2) That damn bridge. Starting the run at the bottom of it mentally set me off. I seriously wondered if I would ever catch my breath again on the run or if it would all hurt that bad. I think I set myself here… and not for success.
3) I took 3 weeks off my vitamins. (I know I’m really reaching here.)
4) I just started my period. (Too much information, I know. But at least that explains my blah mood, excessive hunger, and beautiful breakouts.)
Here is the deal….
want to will run a sub 2 hour half marathon on November 21st, so I’m done whining, and I’m going to hit 5 miles nice and hard in the morning.
What do you do when you have a bad training run and you start to psych yourself out that you can’t reach your race goal?
Or am I the only one with these outrageous thoughts? Please tell me I’m not.
One last thing.
On a lame attempt to reach 20 Vegan MOFO posts sooner than later (oh, the pressure), here was my dinner.
Vegan MOFO, Take 4.
A Sami’s Bakery Millet and Flax Lavash with spicy hummus, spinach, carrots, red onion, cherry tomatoes and Annie’s LITE Gingerly Dressing
And then my favorite (vegan) snack
Mary’s Gone Crackers Sticks & Twigs in Chipotle Tomato.
(And yes, I buy them on Amazon’s Super Saver program by the dozen.)