Hi all. No sugar coating here- yesterday wasn’t the best day. Call it an “occupational hazard”.
When I got home from work, the only thing I wanted to do was run. Last night’s run would be pure therapy- and it totally was. I am an emotional runner. I always perform best when I let my heart run for me. I still get into my own head, though especially when it comes to pacing. There will be runs that I know I have it in me to go faster, yet as soon as I get my heart rate up, my head says “nope!” and my body follows suit. It can be very frustrating, and it takes a LOT for me to be able to hit new speeds because of this.
I used the first mile as speedwork, and took several intervals to test new paces. When reviewing the paces, I couldn’t believe it. I hit a 6:34/mi at one point! WHAT?! Who am I? It served as an awesome reminder- I CAN go the distance and I CAN do hard things, even on my not-so-happy days. It was a huge pick-me-up and confidence booster.
I have almost completed my Brooks Best Fest Half Marathon Challenge on Strava! Once you finish, you can go to a participating store and claim a free prize. You are also entered to win a limited edition new pair of their Ghost shoes if you #hashtag the challenge and share on social media when you run. If you’ll be running anyway, it’s a win-win. You don’t have to run the most miles- it’s a random drawing.
I needed this run, tonight. The final numbers are there- it was not by far my fastest 3 mi, but I did hit some fun numbers- I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with them.
Tuesday: 3 mi
Wednesday: Cross-Train (add 3 miles to make up for Sunday)
Thursday: 3 mi
Sunday: 3 mi.
Weekly Total: 18 mi
For the comments section:
How has running helped you, in your time as a runner? Non-runners- what is your go-to therapeutic activity?
Who else loves the Strava Challenges? Feel free to link some good ones down below!
Until next time- K