Intervals are scary

I’ve said this before, and I will keep saying it.  Intervals scare me.   Running at a pace faster than easy is scary.  Do they ever not scare you?  If they stop scaring you, does that mean you aren’t trying anymore?   So many questions. Continue reading

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already planning next year

Yep… I still have two marathons this year, but my thoughts are already on to next year.  I am over running long distances.  I just can’t get the motivation to go out and get it done.  The weather is warm – and I really don’t feel like running for hours in 80F+ temperatures.

So, I’m planning  next year. Continue reading

How To Get Faster

One thing that annoys me is when people say, ‘I just did a slow run at an 8min/mile pace’.  Whaaat!?! I’d love that to be my ‘slow’ pace!  It’s one reason I get sick of Instagram.   It isn’t honest, it isn’t truthful.  A lot of it is full of crap.  I get over it, I don’t post for a while.  And then I realize that I do like it for motivation.  I do like the pretty pictures.  I like to keep myself going.  I did a lot better (running) when I was posting my paces on each picture, it kept it more real.  I think I need to get back to that.

I try not to say ‘slow’ runs anymore.  I know my marathon pace is what some people would dream their 5k pace would be.  I know this, because I dream that my 5k pace will one day be what some people are running their marathons. (Think anywhere from the 6:30-7:30min/mile range)  I just don’t get how to get there.  I mean, think I know how:

  • Speedwork
  • Hills
  • Consistency

And that last one.  That is where I suck.  I mean, I’m pretty hopeless at all three.  It’s a mission (well, not really, but I’m lazy) to get to a hill to run.  Speedwork scares me.  I feel like a failure if I don’t hit the paces I prescribed myself.  But consistency, That’s where I fail.  I know I need to go out every day, and some weeks I’m amazing.  And then I have those bad weeks were I struggle.  Right now I’m thinking that I’m not the type of person that can run fast.  I just don’t see how I would ever be able to run a marathon at an 8min/mile pace (or even a 9min/mile to break that elusive 4 hours).  I can barely hold on to 3.1 miles at that pace.

I get so jealous of people running fast, getting those BQs.  I have to keep telling myself that they work hard.  It doesn’t come easy.  If I want it, I’m going to have to work hard too.  And that scares me.

Am I Ready?

I have a love/hate relationship with Instagram.  I love that it can be so motivating, I love the pretty pictures.  I hate the fact that you compare yourself with EVERYONE.  I have serious doubts about my upcoming marathons.  I mean, I have Portland that is 24 days away.  What the…?  How did that happen?! Continue reading

The Hapalua Half Marathon

Well, I did it!  I am not going to give a big race recap, as you don’t need to know what I was thinking every mile.  Though one thought was, ‘Why am I doing this? Do I even like running?’

Anyway, I’ve been sick with a cough/cold thing, but was feeling a little better so thought I would just run it.  I had paid and I’m pretty sure you can’t defer or transfer your race entry.

I had to wake up at 3am, to leave my house and park, then catch a bus to the start line.  It was super easy, but I was so tired.  I started the run at a good pace, but by mile 4 I had decided to relax, slow down and not get sick or injured.  I did do a run/walk for a while.  I walked up most of the only hill on course.  I just kept thinking l, ‘Enjoy yourself.  Enjoy the atmosphere.  Go easy.  This is just a long run.’

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Just Do It

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”