Running is tough. Running is tough for everybody. My tough might be pushing a 7 minute mile and your tough might be pushing a 5 minute mile or a 9 minute mile. No matter what your pace or your running ability, running is HARD and it takes a lot of work to improve and reach goals.
Yesterday I ran during lunch with my friend Lisa and it was great. She did 10 miles (good job Lisa!) and I ended with 7.5 miles. These miles felt sooo good….they were slow (for me) and I just ran, kept it relaxed, and enjoyed every second.
Today was a whole different story. Jeanette and I wanted to make good use of a mild , sunny day, so we headed to the track for some speed work. Speed work = brutal. Our workout looked like this…
Warmup run from work to the track
2 x 1200m (3/4 mile)
3 x 800m (1/2 mile)
2 x 400m (1/4 mile)
Cool down run from the track back to work
Total mileage = 5.1
Jeanette smoked me today and I finished each set about 15 seconds behind her (except for the 400s). 😉 I was gasping for air at the end of each set and could not get my breathing down. My legs felt ok, but my breathing felt off. I left our exact finish times at work, but I do know that we did similar workouts this time last year and they don’t compare to today’s times. As in, we were definitely faster last year.
So, the moral of the story is that running is tough, running performance comes and goes, but every day that you get to run is a good day…no matter what. We all have good days and bad days and you just have to hope that the good days outweigh the bad.
Please send me and Jeanette some good running mojo on March 21st. We will be tackling some challenging trails for the HAT 50k (31 miles). Yes, runners are cray.
Completely off topic but this post needs a picture. 😊
PSA from Annabelle…keep up with your oral hygiene.
Did you have a good running day or a bad running day?
Love or hate speed work?
Do you brush twice a day?