Some days you really think you have it all together and then BAM, it’s gone.
That is how it was today for my primary run.
I went ahead and did a bunch of stretches before the run, because the Achilles was feeling tight on my earlier Bennie run and by the time I got started, my GPS watch had reset itself and I didn’t realize it. So without looking down, I just hit start and started running.
About half a mile down the road, I looked down to see what my pace was and figured out that I hadn’t started the GPS.
Oh well, sometimes it happens, so I stopped and waited about 30 seconds for the watch to get signal and started out again. I was feeling pretty good and decided to just go with it.
Unfortunately, it didn’t last.
A 7:44 first mile (yes it was downhill), ain’t bad for now, but once I got into the hills, I noticed that they were sapping my ass pretty quickly.
This is the first time in a while I have done anything with anything bigger than bumps and it showed. At some point, especially since I live in Maine, I have to get back to doing hills and not have them kick my butt.
Unfortunately, I haven’t reached that point, because the small hills on this course kicked my ass hard today.
When I got to 3.0 miles, I was feeling horrible, so I made a deal with myself to do one more mile and be done. I forced myself to do that mile and then shut it down.
Did I feel guilty about it?
Not at all.
Could I have pushed and finished running my planned 5.0 miler at anything more than a SLOG or survival shuffle – nope not today.
Mentally I just did not have it and physically, I was getting nauseous, so it was time to stop and walk back to the house. 4.0 miles was enough – more than enough.
Beating myself up further, wasn’t going to serve any purpose.
Did this bother me or effect my confidence – errrr no!
If I have 3-4 runs in a row like this then I would be concerned, but just this one bad run, well it isn’t a big deal.
Bad runs happen and I would rather shut down a training run and walk it in, than be stupid and push through whatever was going on, which might/probably make things worse.
Tomorrow is a new day :-).