Things I Am Struggling With Lately
Running is amazing.
Lately I have been crushing workouts and feeling stronger and faster than ever before. I have been listening to my coach and it has been paying off. But that doesn’t mean that everything goes perfectly all the time.
This past weekend, I ran a 5 KM race (and I will share the fill recap on Friday) and I was very disappointed with my execution. I ran a personal best, but I was ashamed of how I got there.
I am a smarter athlete than the way I raced and I am picking up the pieces and attacking it again next weekend at the Laurier Loop.
Last night, I had a disappointing workout where the fatigue was still in my legs and I was doing my intervals on rolling hills instead of on a flat track. The combination of hills and fatigued legs caused me to miss my paces and put me again, in a negative head space.
I needed to stop and check myself. If I don’t put a stop to the negative thoughts of not being able to reach my goals, I will start believing I can’t do it. And I can, I know I can.
Here are some of the road blocks I am trying to over come at the moment:
I am brand new to this short distance world and it is a whole different ball game. I find that I get excited and go out too quickly and I need to learn that slow and steady wins the race. I want to master the art of the negative split for short distances. This requires a lot of trust in myself which means simulating this in training. Lots of work to do but I know I can do it.
Negative head space
It is easy to get caught in the fact that my pacing isn’t ideal right now and that I have so much to learn, but I am focusing on the facts that I am still new to all of this.
Treadmill training vs track training
With the winter weather causing me to run indoors to stay safe and the fact that track workouts were causing my shin to flare up, I’ve been doing a lot of speed work on the treadmill. There is nothing wrong with this, but it is also easier that dealing with elements outdoors which can make race day more difficult.
I guess what I am trying to say is that sometimes it is good to pull back the curtain and show that there is no such thing as a perfect training cycle. If you are growing as an athlete, there will always be obstacles to overcome and these are some of mine lately as I am discovering the new running world of shorter distances.
As I was running back to my apartment after the workout that left me defeated, I had a moment where I was hit with a complete and utter love of just running. This is why I do this and what helps push me through the rough patches. And tomorrow is a brand new day and I have another interval workout to attack this week for redemption.
What are you struggling with in running right now?
Why do you run?