I signed up last minute for a 5 mile race on Sunday with my local running club. It was FREE (love that!) to all members so I really had nothing to lose.
I will start off by saying - I did not want to run yesterday. I did NOT want to run. I drug my butt out to the race. I'm not certain why I was so "under"motivated. Maybe it's because the race didn't start until 10am and by then I was all nice and comfy in my house not wanting to leave. There's something to be said for getting up and out early.
Let's be real - even though the race was free - the only runners signing up for a run on February 5th are RUNNERS! As in - seriously - way faster than me - runners.
As you know - I'm training for a half marathon. One of my problems with races is that I really am tired after I run them. I'm honestly not certain why - I think its the mental strain as much as the physical strain because (as noted by my finishing time) I don't really "race" much faster than I train.
I told myself as I was running that I was counting this as my weekly long run and nothing more. (at the end of the race I ran for another mile to give myself 6 for the long run - which was my target) I didn't want to push myself because I wanted to make sure I could continue to train according to my schedule for the week.
I realize at this point a lot of this endless rambling is just nonsense to you so I'll try and make my point. I ran my 5 mile race in 53:10. That's almost 2 minutes more than my PR on it - and even though I know I didn't push myself as hard as I could have - I'm disappointed in the time. It was a really easy course. NOT TO MENTION there were only about 10 people behind me - out of 120ppl. WHY am I so slow?
I know I should train on speed - but I also need to train on endurance. It doesn't matter how fast I can run a mile if I can't run 13 of them in April. I know it's a combination and I am doing some speed training - but it seems when I race - my body sets its pace and I - apparently - haven't found yet the mental strength to push past it.
PLUS - I'm tired today. Wiped out- don't want to run and won't so that I can get in a long run on Wednesday before I head out of town on a business trip.
Not feeling it today .....or feeling too much of it depending on how you look at it....
How do you pick yourself up out of a slump?