While my shorter runs are finally picking up some speed, I've been fighting brand new (to me) issues on my long runs. I'm talking calf cramps, side stitches, stomach cramps, the threat of impending vomit, and the threat of...other gross issues.
Needless to say, my last two long runs have been disastrous. But hey, at least I went.
I've been doing a lot more walking than I'd like because of all these problems, and that leaves me feeling even worse about the whole situation.
|Two slow and kind of miserable long runs.|
It's time to actually crack my calendar and get all my weekday runs done as planned so my long runs don't feel as hard.
It's time to check my eating habits. We've been eating out more often since I went back to work and since the kitchen demo, but that doesn't mean I need to eat junk. And our stove and grill both work; I should be cooking meals at home.
It's time to get back into morning runs. I switched back to evening over the last couple weeks, and that means I'm skipping more runs because time gets away from me.
Basically, I've been really slacking. I haven't been applying the knowledge I've gained over the last few years about training for races, and if I honestly have any hope of PR'ing at BDR, I need to get back on track. I need to want it as much as I keep saying I do.
And boy, I do want to ring that PR bell!
|Ever since Sean told me about the PR bell, I've been dying to ring it!|
I've been complacent. It's time to step up; a marathon is a big deal no matter how many you've done, and I've only done one! I won't reach a PR without putting in some real work.
It's go time, guys. I'm feeling my determination and inherent motivation coming back, but I know I'll need your help and encouragement over the next few weeks!
What's the best way to tough it out when you're just not feeling it?
How do you keep tough runs from getting you down?