The sun is up so early now that I think I could even start getting up much earlier than I had planned. I am going to shoot for a 5am wake up for the Summer.
I got myself up, dressed and out the door (after our overnight guest had left) for a 2 mile run. I finished my 2 mile run with a 11:29 pace. I really want to run faster. This time is far better than my original Half Marathon but it is still a far cry from where I want to be with my time.
When I first starting running I was running at a 12 - 12:30 mile....slow! I was so thrilled when I went sub 12. I won't forget that feeling. I knew I could keep lowering my time. I just can't run consistently, nay...I wouldn't run consistently. I think is a mental block because I feel that I am not good at it so I don't want to work at it. Yet, I know it is what will make me better. I find myself (often) apologizing to my friends on how slow I am when I run. I have decided that I need to run alone until I am comfortable with my pace and when I can run with them without feeling like I am holding them back.
I am friends with some great runners. It seems to be effortless for them and they run a lot. I want to be like them. I want to enjoy the run. I want to run effortlessly. Many of my friends say the same thing.... consistency will make you faster and you have to do time on the track.
I remember working on the track the first time. My friend Sharon Silvas is an amazing runner and I am thankful that she is willing to help me with my run. She organized a Tuesday Track night. When we were on the track we were doing Intervals. I really thought it was hard. I had not done any running on the track before but I remember watching my son, Tyler, in track meets. I would imagine myself as if I was in a meet; the crowds, the competition they were all in my mind. That visual helped me push a little harder each turn. It didn't make it much easier.just helped me get through it. Once the workout was over I realized that I enjoyed it. I would say "If my elbows are sweaty, you know it is a good workout", and my elbows were very sweaty.
It has been several months since my last running event and even longer time sine I had trained on regular basis.
Getting back out on the run has been such a challenge for me as I compare myself to my running friends and feel so inept when it comes to the run. There is so much to learn about running but the one thing that I will do going forward is run consistently.
Here is my motivational picture of the day from my coach. She is right, she knows me...I analyze.
I need to feel my run.
Pre Run: Gu Gel packet with a chaser of water.
Run: Water (not much, just enough to wet palet)
Breakfast: Blueberry Chiobani Greek Yogurt, Black Coffee
Mid-day morning: Blackberries and raspberries, water
Lunch: French Dip sandwich, no cheese, no mayo and watermelon on the side. Ice Tea, no sugar
Mid-day snack: Blackberries and raspberries, water
Dinner: Spaghetti with tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon (approx) of parmesian cheese. Barbecued chicken thigh