Running Struggles

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I had a bit of a rough training week last week, and by that I mean, I basically didn’t run at all.  I had a pretty busy week at work and just couldn’t seem to make time to hit the trail.  This in turn caused my Saturday morning long run to be a bit of a struggle.  I started out strong since my legs were “fresh” and hadn’t been worn down by other runs during the week, but then I hit my wall at about 5 miles. Which I always seem to do at mile 5, but I just couldn’t get passed it this time.

I started to get mad at myself and stopped for a drink of water at a park on my route.  As I was lecturing myself (in my head mind you, I didn’t want to scare the kiddos at the park),  the words of my yoga instructor popped into my head.  “Yoga meets you where you are at.”  and I thought, why can’t running meet me where I’m at?

From then on I decided that I wasn’t going to get mad at myself for something I can’t go back and change.  I had to meet my body where I was at, at that point in time.  After that pep talk, I took the next mile a little slower and tried to just focus on the beautiful summer day.  After that first mile, I seemed to forget how I was feeling and started to really focus on the music that I had pumping in my ear buds.  And before I knew it, I was back to hitting my goal split times for the remaining miles.

This made me think that I should be applying my yoga instructor’s advice to a lot of other things in life.  I tend to be my own worst critic at times and could stand to give myself a break from time to time.  I don’t mean this in a way that allows me to be lazy or unambitious, but more so that when I’m getting frustrated with myself that I should take a breather, accept the situation for what it is, and figure out how I’m going to move forward.  Easier said then done, right? :)

3 Comments on Running Struggles

  1. Larry Burnside
    August 12, 2013 at 12:55 pm (4 years ago)

    Great blog! Maybe I should try it some time.

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  2. Red Hen
    August 12, 2013 at 2:29 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you for the mention! And Yes! you know I feel your pain! Do you find it hard to predict your body`s response to a run? I certainly do. Some days I can inexplicably be in wonderful form. Just so hard to tell until I`m out there!

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  3. bethpeluse
    August 13, 2013 at 8:48 am (4 years ago)

    No problem Red Hen – and I agree! Even just this morning, I woke up thinking it was going to be another rough run, but ended up feeling great and running fast.

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