June 25, 2013

Speedwork Gone Bad!

Yesterday I tried to get enthusiastic for my training run, but I could not.  Despite normal preparation, food, and hydration, I just was not feeling it.  I even tweeted about my less than excited feeling for this run here:


Good Morning! Trying to get away from the twitter feed for a run. Anyone else feeling lazy?


My training plan called for speedwork and normally I go to the local college track.  They have a very nice rubber cushioned track surface, a bench for my drinks, running log and my husband (who is kind enough to keep track of my splits) and porta potties.  For some reason, it just seemed easier to run my one mile intervals in the neighborhood.  With a one mile warmup complete, I started on my first of what was to be 3 one mile runs at 8:00 pace.  The first was complete at 8:10, which was not bad given the heat and humidity, but my mind decided that my next interval would be just a 1/2 mile.  My rest of approximately 90 seconds turned into a couple minutes or more, and I managed the run in 4:03.  Again, not bad, but then on my third interval I dropped to 1/4 mile and that one was finished in 2:00.  This was not horrible, but I gave in mentally for the first time in months. Mental strength is usually something that I can manage very well,   Maybe I should feel worse than I do, but it is not easy week after week giving your training runs 100 percent. This picture tells it all.  However, I do love the new Bondiband that matches my skirt!  Nothing like a coordinated training outfit!



How do you feel after a training run that does not go well?
(Pam)



23 comments:

  1. Well as long as you look cool then it can't be all bad :) I'm having a VERY hard time running in this heat. I'm not training for anything which makes it even worse. This weather makes me lethargic.

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    1. I guess my mental challenges will be the biggest this summer, but agree that being lethargic is a big part of the problem too.

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  2. After I have a bad training session I have to fight to remind myself a bad run is better than no run, and that is still progress.

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  3. I'm always aggravated after a bad training session, and I am chomping at the bit to get out there the next time to redeem myself. (Love your outfit).

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    1. Thanks Jennifer....I always wear bright colors to make sure cars see me!

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  4. I am still what you would call a beginning runner. I did a run a few days ago with a pace under 12 minutes for the first time ever, and I WAS PUMPED! I think to have an 8...or even 9, 10, or 11 would be amazing. It's all relative I suppose. Don't be so hard on yourself. You are am encouragement to people like me that it can be done!

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    1. Thanks Amy, I was not so much disappointed in my times, but the fact that I gave in to doing less than was planned for my workout. There is always tomorrow!

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  5. Running in 90+ degrees is just a normal day in south FLA. I just make the necessary adjustments, which usually means no speed work.:) Of course, if I waited for the perfect day, my interval training would never get done. I just try to find the shadiest spot possible, bring a cooler full of water and G2, and not expect my fastest times. And the perfect cooldown is jumping in the community pool in everything except my running shoes afterwards!

    Kimberley

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    1. Kimberley, I love jumping in a pool post run and I too jump in with all the clothing but no shoes!

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  6. I actually enjoy speedwork, so I do it more than I should. Anytime, I'm feeling out of it or not enjoying the heat/humidity of Seattle (it's been in the 70/80s with high humidity, which is terrible when I'm most comfortable running around 47). When I have a bad workout, the next day I try to get in one fast mile (for me that's only between 10 and 11 minute pace at the moment) even if it's a rest day.

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    1. I enjoy speedwork, but only in good conditions....I will be out there earlier next time and back at the track!

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  7. I had a few runs in a row like that earlier this month and every time I just told myself not every run can be a perfect fun. Eventually I got out of my slump and am back to happy runs! Usually reading running blogs gets me pumped out to get back on the road - reading about other people's good runs gets me excited about running!

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    1. Bad runs happen, but as long as you keep lacing up your sneakers, you will have good ones as well!

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  8. I chalk it up as training - there's ups theres downs, but it's not the race - AND you got out there and tried! ;)

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    1. Agree Kat, but my mental strength is my biggest asset and when that lets me down the runs don't happen. Oh well, tomorrow will be here soon!

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  9. As a newer runner, I keep trying to remind myself that its impossible to meet every running goal, especially since we can't control every factor that affects our running. We are usually our biggest critic, and when I don't meet my own goals and get down on myself my husband often reminds me that I still got out there and I still tried. The most important thing is that you tried, and you can now look forward to your next speed run when you can go after your goals again.

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    1. Very good advice. Sometimes we are too hard on ourselves. I am happy that I have the energy and strength to get out there and try and next time I will get to the track and it will be better.

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  10. Try to step back and learn from the run and improve on it next time. I try to make every "bad" run a learning experience.

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    1. Agree that I need to just move on...and I have! Thanks

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  11. Despite the crummy run, you look super cute! Sorry it was yucky...you'll get it next time! :0)

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    1. Thanks Karen....Target C9 workout clothes from last year! Their stuff is cheap and really holds up well!

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  12. I think it's impossible to give every single workout 100%. But when I have an especially bad run, I remind myself of how far I've come as a runner and try to think of something positive in my training lately to remind me that another great run is just around the corner. I'm sure there's one for you too!

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