Guess what I am doing today? NOT RUNNING! Sounds weird since this is a running blog, but today will be my first day of not running since May 28. Hot damn that’s a long time!
Congratulations to all who participated in the Runners World Summer Run Streak! You should be so proud of yourself, and also enjoy a well deserved rest day today 😛
On Tuesday I went out for speedwork in the way of a tempo run. My plan was to do 1/2 mile warm up, 4 miles at 7:50 pace and 1/2 mile cool down. Nope, not happening.
It was one of those runs that just wasn’t there. I was tired, my stomach hurt, it was hot and my mental game was not good. About 1.7 miles in I decided to stop getting angry with myself and gave up. I completed 4.5 slow and steady miles. It was just one of those runs that all together sucked. I was cranky afterwards too, that’s the worst.
With that being said, bad runs are to be expected. I hate them, but they can be a good thing. For me, they are humbling and a good indicator of what I need in my training (like a freaking rest day). They put my training into perspective. I think I need to take today off and I need to remember why I like to run. Runs don’t always have to be fast, they can be slower especially on hot days. I don’t know if the ‘right’ thing to do was to push through it and keep trying for a speedy run, but I just didn’t have it in me. There is always next week, right?
The next morning I left my house with no watch, no spibelt, no phone, no music…just my sneakers. It was just as the sun was coming up and I just ran. I needed that, badly! I did somewhere between 4 and 5 miles. I have no idea how fast or slow I was going but I went and that’s what is important. I am hoping that a rest day today will help me not only physically but mentally too!
After my run I enjoyed an awesome waffle and almond butter breakfast.
The rest of the day was spent with Jbone, my family and the water!! My family rented a lake house and we took full advantage of that yesterday!
We had such a good time.
And I even got to hang with my BFF.
I have a busy few days ahead of me but I am hoping to sneak up to the lake one more time before they pack up and head home!
How did you celebrate the Fourth?