I've been feeling as though I'm having one tough run after the other lately, especially when it comes to specific workouts. I look back on my tempo runs and interval workouts from my last training cycle* where I was nailing all of them with ease, and it's demoralizing to feel like I am working just as hard and not seeing the results this time around.
*Sidenote: When looking up my last training recap, I stumbled upon my BQ x 2 post and it gave me goosebumps! How I wish we could relive that day!
Anyway... the heat and humidity really take a toll on me (and most of us, I'm sure) and I need to remind myself constantly that it's okay to be slower in the summer; in fact, it should be expected!
Even though I know that, it's still demoralizing to feel like I'm fumbling my way through runs, holding on for dear life and still not getting close to the paces I would like to be seeing. Does anyone else feel like this in the summer? I remember struggling the same way last year when everything was suddenly so much harder with the onslaught of summer weather.
WELL Mother Nature finally had a treat for me this morning and I woke up to a nice, cool(ish) morning - 20C/68F and NO HUMIDITY. What a breath of fresh air. Lucky for me, I had a speed workout on deck; excellent timing!
The goal: 5 x 1000 at ~4:20
The results: 4:20 - 4:19 - 4:18 - 4:18 - 4:15
I had quite a bit more distance to cover in my cool-down, so I decided to make it interesting and see if my legs were up for some MRP (~5:00/KM).
5:02 - 5:01 - [500 recovery] - 5:00 - 4:59 - [500 recovery] - 4:55
It was just the run I needed to get some of my confidence back and stop whining about summer - even if it was just for one morning. ;) If only every day could bring cool mornings...
Of course, I know it will be short-lived, but I sure enjoyed it. I'm aching for fall!
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