I’ve been having a kind of difficult time with my long runs lately. I’ve felt like I was struggling and not just because of the weather. I feel I’ve been slower than I was in April and fatigue more quickly. It’s annoying and I’m not sure what exactly changed.
I’ve been doing hill training and speed work. I’ve been running consistently but something hasn’t been clicking. Tuesday’s speed drills was one of the best runs I have had in a while. I pushed myself and was able to finish at a pace I was happier with. I was also able to do a mile more than I had scheduled.
On Saturday’s long run I decided to just go more slowly than I’d like and see if I had more energy toward the end of the 10 miler. Happily, it did work. I didn’t really need to walk and I was able to finish my run knowing that I could do another few miles. Yes, I would have like to run faster but it was more important to be able to finish.
In both cases I let go of my expectations and just went with what felt right. It’s hard to let go of the ego when I want a specific outcome. It’s hard to be in the moment and know that for today this is what I can do when I want to do more. But I’m learning I get better results when I tune in so I can either push or pull back when needed. I also enjoy the run a heck of a lot more!
What do you do when you aren’t getting the performance out of yourself that you hoped for?
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