Wednesday, February 23, 2011
So NOT Feeling it Today
But I knew that if I skipped today, I'd find it pretty easy to continuing skipping runs until I was back to not running at all again.
So I put on my running clothes when I got up. And I had an ongoing debate with myself as to whether I'd get out there until I finally just went.
My thermometer said it was 43 degrees, but it felt more like 23 degrees. I was wishing I'd dressed a little bit warmer as I headed out into the wind. And because it was chilly, that might explain why I pushed myself a bit too hard on the first interval. I wanted to warm up FAST.
And the first part of the run was terrible. I was tired, cold, unmotivated, you name it. But I stuck with it. I didn't give up on the plan or myself.
By the second half, I was really really tired, but pushing myself. Watching some other runners recently made me realize that maybe I'm not picking my feet up enough when I run. So I tried focusing a bit more on form. That exhausted me a lot quicker on each interval, but I felt like I deserved the walking break then.
I pushed myself almost to the point of throwing up. And it felt good.
Had I skipped the run today, I would have told myself I was going to do it tomorrow (and I probably wouldn't have). Then, I would have beaten myself up all afternoon and evening for not just sucking it up and getting out there.
Instead, I did it. I did every interval that was planned, ran every step I was supposed to, and it was worth it.
I'm still tired, but now I also feel some muscle fatigue. And muscle fatigue means I did something hard (well, hard for me anyway).
So I'm still plugging away. This week's change to 90 seconds of running (which doesn't sound like a lot, and isn't a lot) has really kicked my butt. But I know I can do it, because I've done it before. I just have to stick with it and not let myself get in the way.