Today I ran. It was hard. It was not fun.
Same as yesterday, I had trouble waking up.
Despite my exhaustion, I forced myself out of bed and was on the road by 7am for Day 1 of Week 2 of Bridge to 10K.
Here’s what I had in store for me this morning:
There are two ways one could look at this workout:
#1. “Oh — this is a piece of cake. I’m only adding 5 minutes on to each of the 10 minute runs from last week. Easy, peasy!”
This is how I felt at the beginning of my run.
#2. “Wow — I am adding 15 whole minutes on top of the total 30 minutes I worked up to last week. That’s a lot. Sounds hard. I don’t think I can do it. :(“
This is how I felt towards the end of my run.
My first 15 minute stretch was fine. I was a bit tight and tired, but I made it through without having to stop and walk.
During the second 15 minute stretch, I started to get really bad cramps in my lower abs and under my ribs.
It was painful.
Needless to say, I spent a lot of the second two stretches walking.
Then, towards the end of the run I think I just kind of gave up. It was just not my day.
I felt sad. I wanted to be happily running. Increasing my pace! Covering more distance! Building my confidence! I do have a 5 mile race to run in two weeks.
That is not what happened.
I know you are wondering so, here are my stats:
Not great. My pace was terrible and although I was ran 15 minutes longer than last week, I covered about the same distance.
What I’m learning is: this is the hard thing about running.
You can have so many great days in a row (aka me, every day since my 5K) and then one day you get out there and BAM — it’s like you’ve never run a day in your life. Like you’re starting from scratch.
So, the question is: why do we do this? Why do we continue to torture ourselves with all this running business if it can be so disappointing and unpredictable?
But for today, I am very much looking forward to my rest day tomorrow.
And some guacamole.
Tell me: How do you get over the disappointment of an “off” day?