I wore my speed shoes to play it by ear with how I was feeling but decided to skip a Wednesday speed workout and keep it easy.
I had to stop taking allergy medications because I’ll be tested today at my appointment, and my face felt awful (it started swelling up a bit again!) yesterday, and I had no desire to push the pace but running this pace felt great.
And for a random tangent, I’ve been thinking a lot about–> Pep talk time (for myself and anyone else that might need it:)
Last year, I was addicted to the progression of my training and racing. With basically every race I ran, I hit a faster and faster course time compared to previous years. It was enjoyable to see the numbers drop, but it isn’t possible to always get faster…
This year between Boston and the recent half I ran, I have run slower than I did last year. My workout paces lately have been slower than last year too. But I’m still really happy and proud of them. I thought about this the other night–> If I knew I would never run another PR again, would I still train and race?! My answer is absolutely yes. I know I still have many PRs in me, but I also know that those don’t always happen, and that isn’t why I do this. It’s okay to have seasons where you slide backward in speed and endurance. It’s okay to race and try hard when you aren’t as fit as you’ve been in the past. Not every season is going to be our fastest, and we aren’t always going to feel our most motivated.
If you enjoy seeing what you can get out of yourself for the day, keep getting out there. If racing brings you joy, go for it regardless of your current fitness. Training is not linear, so don’t get discouraged if you aren’t always getting faster. Running does so much more for us than just PRs… My brain needs it more than anything. The challenge changes us, and that’s what I’m here for.
Now let us catch up with life!
I took Beck to the dinosaur museum; his facial expressions were the best.
Tracy told me about Hello Beautiful, so I’m currently devouring this:
We take Spot It maybe a little too seriously.
And some time outside with our chickens:
Is anyone else dealing with seasonal allergies right now? What helps you?
Catch me up with something new in your life!
How would you describe your current running season?
Have you done a speed workout this week, I’ll live through yours! Tell me what it was!