Running went so-so this week. I felt grand on Sunday but the energy dropped suddenly the next 4 days. Call it the case of having the blues or just having off days. My depression hasn’t been the best the past few weeks but this week I felt as though it dropped a level. Everything kind of reared it’s ugly head and it made it hard to find the motivation to do anything. Still, I pressed on with the 1 mile minimum to maintain the streak. The only thing that kept me going for that streak was the fact that I was 12/13/14/etc days deep into it. If I got this far I had to keep it going. After all, it only takes a max of 10 minutes of my life to complete…small potatoes compared to longer runs.
I didn’t focus on speed work this week since my heart wasn’t into it. I did my first real run on Friday and felt fantastic. I was quite shocked to see myself clock my first mile at 7:40. I wasn’t trying to run fast. I was running by feel. I was just surprised by how comfortable I felt at this faster-than-normal pace. I guess those treadmill speed works have been working.
Saturday I went out for a mid-afternoon run, the first in about 2 weeks. It was nice to actually run when the sun was out and enjoy the scenery. I once again surprised myself with a sub-8 minute average pace. Maybe I’m seeing more improvement? I won’t bank on that until it’s been consistent for a few weeks. I dedicated this run to MEGSMILES to keep the awareness alive. I ran for Meg last year as well after reading her story during a break on watch at work. I was so touched by her story because I was an avid road runner on a busy back road near our home in VA.
I found myself running in capris, short sleeve shirt, and light tech ¾ pull-over on Saturday. The temperature? 34 degrees. I was far too hot in my running gear on Friday (tights, long sleeve tech shirt, ¾ pull-over) and it was 30 degrees. Sadly, I found Saturday’s outfit perfect. I wasn’t hot or cold at all. The only thing was I realized I need to invest in cold weather socks. My toes were kind of numb.
Overall, this was an extremely light week mileage-wise but that’s okay with me. We all have off-weeks, right? I’m only human =). Besides, the point is that I at least got out there and did something. That’s huge. It’s all about the effort I put in!