Yesterday while I was running/walking/dying, I had an epiphany. I'm probably being too hard on myself with this whole running thing. In my head, I should be where the seasoned runners are at: running sub-9-minute miles consistently and being able to go for 10+ miles.
The truth of the matter is that I've really been running, consistently, since....uhh...last week?! I ran a couple of 5ks last October, which I trained about eight weeks for (they were on back-to-back weekends) and that was the last time I ran until very recently. I've dabbled in it over the years, but never consistently and mainly on the treadmill, which automatically keeps you on pace.
While I was out yesterday in the 95-degree heat running in my neighborhood, I realized that I started out running at a sub-8-minute pace and tried to slow it down. I think in my head, the faster I run, the quicker it'll be over. Yeah, it doesn't work like that. The plan was to try to do 3:1 running:walking intervals, which meant I needed to keep a steady pace way slower than 8 minutes! I was also trying to breath, which is difficult for me when it's so hot out, humidity or not.
No matter what I did, my pace kept getting too fast. I think the next time I run outside, my goal will be to just keep a steady pace and not focus on distance as much. I really need to get this down. Also, I realized there's no way I'm going to improve by running when it's so hot out. Until the temperature gets at least down into the 80's, I'm making the treadmill my friend. I figured since it wasn't as humid yesterday, I'd be ok. I was wrong. And I'm sick of beating myself up over it.
After Monday's post about how Saturday's training run was such an epic fail, the general consensus of the comments was that I'm not giving myself enough credit and I need to lighten up! Hearing that from a friend of mine who has run marathons makes me feel better. (Thanks Kelli!) Also, I've been told that the air quality is pretty bad right now, so I'm not the one to blame for feeling so awful on Saturday. (I just did some searching and there's a place on weather.com where you can check the air quality of the area you live in. If only I had known!)
|Currently the area I live in is orange.|
I have a long way to go to catch up with you half-marathoners and marathoners, but that's ok. The longest race I've ran was THREE MILES! (Well, 3.1 to be exact). I can't expect for it to happen overnight. I can wish it would, but that's just not realistic.
So now I have some questions for you:
What do you do to help keep a steady pace?
How long did it take you to go from 5k to half marathon (or full marathon)?