And the first tempo run of this training cycle is done and done.
I was nervous about this run (doubt loves to creep into my brain) but last night I decided to stop worrying and think—> who cares? Who cares if we don’t hit our workouts perfectly? Who cares if we have to stop for a bit to catch our breath? What is the worst that could happen… You stop and try it again tomorrow?
Just go out and try your hardest and if you don’t hit your goal paces or dream race time, then try it again another day and work hard to get stronger so that you can hit your goals. When I look at it like that then I don’t worry and I just go out and have fun and try my hardest. Running shouldn’t be stressful so if it is then we need to reevaluate our thinking about it a bit. I stress out a lot about a bunch of silly things in life so I am working hard on changing my perception of things so I don’t worry so much:)
I met the girls and did the mile warm-up with them and then set out for 6.2 miles of tempoing. The first 1.5 miles of the tempo were a slight uphill the entire time with a headwind and so I was more than happy to turn the other way at that point.
Tempo splits—> 6:51, 6:54, 6:48, 6:51, 6:52, 6:55 .2 @ 6:55 pace. 1 mile warm-up and 1 mile cool-down.
It felt a little more difficult than a tempo probably should but I’ve got 16 weeks to make this pace (well, a few seconds faster) feel a lot better. PS You can read about why we do tempo runs here!
Brooke was still asleep when I finished so I took my time to stretch out. It made me happy to see a bunch of cross-country kids head out for their run. PS one of my nephews just signed up for cross-country. I’m a proud aunt and I will probably have to fly out to his first meet.
We have some really good news over here. I found Brooke’s pink blanket (it has been MIA for 2 weeks) and she hasn’t let it out of her sight at home.
A little ways into my tempo run my right calf wasn’t feeling super happy but I went in to Dr. Bennett and he worked his magic. My right heel gets jammed up pretty regularly which causes my arch and my calf to let me know it is time to go in:) Something I love that he said—> Achieving higher heights will not come free. You put in the work and your body will improve. Accept the small struggles your body will have as you move through these improvement stressors. Allow your body to accept and get used to the new levels of performance. Greatness does not come free. Everyone gets bloody when breaking through personal walls.
Brooke noticed that I have been wearing my Garmin for more than just running and so she wanted to wear her snap bracelet to match. PS my garmin is frozen right now and it is bugging me.
Got to see my sister but her baby was asleep while I was there so we Facetimed instead.
BANGS FRIEND (my bff from when I lived in California) is in town so we got to catch up for a bit. It just feels right to be together.
PS James/IRONCOWBOY is on day 12 of his 50 Ironman distance triathlons in 50 days in all 50 states. Holy cow.
He is in Texas today!
Do you get nervous before long runs or hard workouts? What do you do to stop stressing?
Who lives in Texas? What part?
Are you a watch person? Do you wear one when you aren’t running?
Who did cross-country in jr. high, high school or college?