A little sunshine, a lot of sleep, a run on pavement (rather than ice), and my mood is much improved. Last week I lost confidence in my running. I felt tired and my pace was slow with a high effort and HR. Deep down I knew this had to do with the conditions, but I am such a numbers person that what I saw on the Garmin somehow ended up carrying more weight in my mind. Bad runs, or workouts can easily lead to more bad runs or workouts. It is easy to feel slow, stop trying, resent the suffering inherent in a key run. Last week I worried about that.
This morning I had a 2.5 hour endurance bike, mostly zone 1 and 2 with pickups and I felt amazing. I dreaded the 5 mile run that I had to do after, but got myself transitioned quickly and went out. The bike path was frozen, so I decided to run on the road. We had a beautiful day today, the sun was shining, and even the drivers were happy - no swears or splashes for me today:)
I wanted to run the post bike miles by feel, at a comfortable pace. I am very far from my HIM, so no need to run fast post bike so early on. I was surprised to be able to run a 7:50 average pace @ HR 158, and feel like I was running so slooow. This is not a fast pace or anything, but it is pretty good for an easy pace after a 2.5 moderate bike ride. This is clear proof for my mind of how important the running surface is.
So now I am starting my week excited about my runs! I'll use the mill for the intervals tomorrow, but am hoping to be able to run outside the rest of the week.
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