Monday, June 23, 2014

Running is hard

I'm feeling a little blue about running today. We upped our intervals last week to 2:30 run, 1:30 walk. It's been a little bit of a struggle, although I got through my "long" run of 3 miles today and hung in there although I wasn't pleased with the pace (14:18). I'm nervous about this weekend when I have to run 5, although now our "short" runs are all 3 like today so I guess that will help me get there.

I feel like I should be fitter by now, that it should be getting more manageable. I know it won't ever be easy, but shouldn't it be slightly less hard? I think this means I need to seriously start some cross training. The most likely way for me to do that is to swim, because I can always make myself do that, especially in the summer. I think I need to forego other financial things I was going to take care of and join a gym. Then I'll have some other options as well like zumba, yoga, weights, stationary bikes, etc.

Oh...and the bad news that really got to me was when I found out a few days ago that my normal loop at Southside Park, which I could swear I read online was a mile, is only 3/4. So these awesome times I was having of 10:30-11 minute miles was a lie! My speedy time is about 13:30. Damn! I need to get it under 13 by the time I start doing events.

Don't worry, I'm not going to quit. I have been through this before and know there are going to be down moments when you're working on something hard for a long period of time. I'll get over it...but...ugh. On the bright side, I treated myself to some running pants and a hat so now I'm pretty well outfitted. the pants are form-fitting capris and they don't look gross on my (at least to my eye), so I'll take that as a minor win!

Total for the summer: 24

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