7 miles at recovery pace (8:15)
It actually became more of a progression run. My run started with a 9 mim/mile and gradually went down. I finished with an 8:03 mile. Average pace: 8:15
Followed by stretching and 50 of each: squats, lunges, front/side/back leg swings, and calf raises
I headed out for my run around 8:15. I had about 80 minutes to run 7 miles, shower, and get ready before it was time to babysit. Glad I got it in.
My shin felt great running, but for some reason the second I stopped running it felt like it is going to snap again. Taking a step hurt. After icing right away and stretching it feels better. I don't get it.
Easy runs should be easy, right?
I guess that depends. It depends on many factors: hydration, rest days, sickness, mental state, your previous workout, weather conditions, and much more.
Today's easy run felt easy for my legs but mentally it was tough. I wanted to quit.
It was more humid than I had anticipated and I noticed my form falling apart throughout the run. I had to remind myself to keep my core tight, focus on my stride length and land on my midsoles. I also noticed my shoulders and arm form getting sloppy. Basically I was all over the place and it wasn't pretty.
To keep myself moving I kept focusing on each mile and just making it through every mile. I love counting the miles accomplished rather than how many I have left. It keeps me mentally focused. I also kept repeating "you've got this" and "stay strong". I find when I talk to myself during runs it helps me finish feeling strong.
Running mantras have always helped me finish a workout or a race. So much of running is mental and self talk can keep you mentally strong.
Next time you feel your run falling apart try repeating a mantra. It should be short, use strong words, and be repeated.
You are stronger than you think
Hills are my friend
One mile at a time
Think strong, be strong
Believe it, become it
Give one a try, or share one you use!
This afternoon I had to drop my husband off on the other side of town for a canoe trip. He was taking his xc team on a 5 mile trip down the river. After dropping him off I was going to head home, put Cole down, clean the house and make sure everything was packed. Unfortunately, Cole fell asleep in the car.
Not a big deal right? Well for some reason once I get him out of the carseat he doesn't stay asleep for me.
Enjoy the rest of your day!
How do you get through a tough workout?
Do you use a running mantra? Which one?