Every so often, I do a run workout that is truly HUMBLING. It reminds me how running performance can vary day to day and how much life effects this silly sport.…
One day, I can head out the door on an ‘easy run’ and come back 30 minutes later barely having broken a sweat with a pace of 5:30/km. During these runs, I feel like I am flying along the path, gathering up speed by the kilometre. In my mind, I look like a gazelle moving with grace and ease. Endorphins rise and I end my run feeling incredibly strong and confident as a runner.
Other days, I can head out on that very same route and feel like I’m slogging my way through the entire thing. I look down at my watch and see my pace a full minute slower and wonder how on earth my legs are moving so slowly and yet I feel so tired.
I’ve had a streak of really strong runs lately that have really boosted my confidence. I was nailing my speed workouts, and increasing distance in my long runs while keeping a steady pace. Each week I was feeling stronger and stronger. Then, my coach put in a speed workout that pretty much pulled the ground out from underneath me.