Sometimes I feel like my running is going backwards.
Last year I ran my fastest half marathon to date. I ran 13.1 miles in 1:55:55 minutes. Yesterday I did a training half marathon and ran it in 2:14:05. I know, it was a training run. I wanted to go slow. I actually kept telling myself ‘Slow it Down’ and ‘Just keep it nice and easy’. My legs feel great. I did stop a few times – to eat a gel, to take some photos. But every time I stopped, my legs felt good, I wasn’t out of breath. The only issue with the whole run is that the outside of my foot started hurting around mile 8. I had the same problem after my long run a few weeks ago. It went away after a few days. Hopefully it is nothing.
But, back to the topic. I feel like I am not improving. I know I need to run more. Implement more interval work into my runs. I think I feel that I have run (pretty consistently) for a year, and that I should automatically get faster. But that isn’t the case, is it? I am at a plateau, because I haven’t been dedicated. It goes to show, if you want it you have to be willing to work at it. I am going to try. But it is tough.
It is tough when your partner doesn’t run. When your dog just wants to sleep in. How are you meant to get out of bed in the morning with those two lounging around, looking so comfortable. And then you are meant to get out, put your shoes on, and be uncomfortable? I’ve been going a lot of my runs in the afternoon/evening. It’s the time when my husband is at work. So I can get out and run without feeling like I am missing out on doing something fun. (I know, it’s strange, I actually like spending time with my husband!)
What it comes down to is how much do I want this? Do I really want to get faster? If I do, there are no excuses. I need to get out and run faster. I need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. I’m slowly getting this. I can’t just expect to get faster without putting in effort. And running easy runs is not putting in the effort. That’s just making me really good at running slowly. As Nike would say, I need to just do it.
“Dreams don’t work unless you do”