Today’s run (street): 3.25 miles
I’ve been feeling a little down about my running lately, because I haven’t been able to generate much speed on my training runs. I feel I should be meeting certain paces and I’ve come up short over the last week. The fact that my race times have been going in the wrong direction has fed into this frustration. Today’s run didn’t completely reverse my perspective, but it certainly helped my confidence.
It’s hard to explain my current issues. I’m not running to exhaustion, but I’ve felt like the effort I’m putting in isn’t translating into commensurate performance. I haven’t been pushing the pace like I’d do if I was training for a race, although I do have a 10K coming up in three weeks. I shouldn’t be expecting greatness, but perceived effort seems greater than observed performance.
I started out slowly and expected this run to be another disappointing effort, but I picked up speed every mile, finishing up a minute and half per mile faster than I started. This improvement was not apparent in the moment. It wasn’t until I’d downloaded my Garmin’s data that I saw my negative splits and realized I’d managed to hit an acceptable overall pace.
I’m glad to have tomorrow, my weekly rest day, for further recovery. I’ll need to turn my attention to race training soon. For now I’m just happy to have broken my streak of sub-par runs.