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“It’s an honor to hit the wall… If you hit the wall you know you gave it everything.” – Lauren Fleshman

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A run most difficult. Please explain why.


Today's run (street): 3.5 miles

Today was a tough one. I don't know why I had so much trouble getting through the run but it was a heavy-footed plod from start to finish. There is nothing I can point to that would explain my struggle. I got a good night's sleep, have no symptoms of a cold and the weather was cool and dry. Yet no matter what my mind was telling my body, my body answered, "Don't expect much."

Yesterday's route seemed short and I was surprised at the end to see the distance I'd covered. Today was opposite of that. My route was circuitous and I expected to consume most of my miles within the northern part of the neighborhood. I had a time target, but I wasn't as pressured as much as I was yesterday. I thought I was racking up the distance until I reached my turnaround point and saw that I was well short of my expected mileage. When I approached my home street, I realized that I needed to run another half mile to make my goal.

Although I ran at a sustainable pace, I felt like I was carrying an extra 30 pounds throughout the run. This wasn't the first run I've had like this, and I know that tomorrow's may be far better. I hope that's the case. One bad run is a statistical probability. Two bad runs in a row is a trend.

6 comments:

  1. What did you eat last night and beforehand?

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  2. I was going to ask the same question. Also - how were you dressed this morning?

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    1. It was appropriate for the weather - no overheating. I'm rethinking whether I really had as good a night's sleep as I thought. I was pretty tired when I got up this morning.

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  3. Last night was whole wheat pasta and vegetables. Breakfast was a Cliff bar, a small amount of trail mix and 2 cups of coffee. I wouldn't have expected any of that to slow me down that much. Maybe protein overload?

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    1. I have those lead legs days too. I just chalk it up to lead legs days. If there's an answer, I'd love to know so I can prevent them in the future! :)

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    2. Lead legs. Perfect description. I have found that forcing myself to push harder when my legs are that unresponsive sometimes moves the needle. Not always, but it has worked.

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