Monday marked the beginning of my Donna 5K training.
It was chilly and windy, but I had to try out my new Mizuno Wave Inspire 10s, so I bundled up and headed out.
I was a little nervous. I’ve been extremely happy with my Wave Inspire 9s, and the thought of changing to a new model was scary. There aren’t that many differences (color, obviously, lack of stitching on the toe, a change in the support in the bottom) but when you have something that works, it’s hard taking that leap of faith.
Honestly, the jury is still out on these. I didn’t have any issues on Monday, but one day isn’t enough to call a verdict, so we shall see how it goes from here on out.
When I hit the start button on my Garmin, I wasn’t entirely sure how I was going to play it. Was I going to increase my intervals? Try to just bust out 3.1 miles of running? Take it nice and easy and see where I was at?
Since I hadn’t been running in just over a week, I ended up with the nice and easy. I decided that it would give me a good idea of a starting place, from which I could build.
Friends. Let’s be honest. There is a lot of work to be done.
I want to get about four-five minutes off my time in the next few weeks. I’m not entirely sure if it’s a realistic goal, but I am dedicating myself to weekly speed work and strength training on the off days.
My biggest challenge comes in the shape of Miles 2 and 3. For the first mile, I am pretty good. I find my stride, find my groove. And then after that? It all falls apart. I FEEL like I’m doing the same thing, but the numbers are showing a decline in speed. The ultimate goal is negative splits, so I have to readjust what I’m doing out there to start slower and speed up from there.
It’s frustrating. Common sense says “just run faster.” But my body doesn’t necessarily agree. I hate that this doesn’t come easily or naturally to me, but maybe that’s the secret. Maybe the reason I enjoy running and racing so much is that I do find myself challenged and having to force myself to do things my legs and lungs just don’t want to do.
On a positive note, I am still finding a lot of beauty in my runs. Just getting to look up at the blue sky and go where the power lines reminds me that it’s all worth it.
I have nowhere to go but up. The changes aren’t going to happen overnight, so I just need to keep that in mind, even when I’m feeling discouraged and down.
What is one thing about your running that you want to improve?
Do you consider yourself a “natural-born runner” or is it something at which you have to work?