Knowing that, I've just been focused on getting in some of my training runs and not beating myself up over ones that I've missed. I've consistently gotten in 2 runs each week, but completing my long runs on the weekends has been hard. Increasing my mileage means being gone for a longer amount of time. That's been hard to do when I want to use my weekend time to play with my baby girl!
Well, on Saturday, I did get in one of my long runs, and I learned a lot about running and about myself doing so.
-It's so much easier to run in cooler weather!
After running in the year-round humidity and heat of Florida for 3 years, it was SO NICE to run in 45-50 degree weather! It was easier to breathe, and I was able to maintain a much faster pace than I'm used to on long runs.
-Just getting out and doing it makes me feel so much better.
-I can be strong mentally throughout my run!
Running is such a mental sport, and normally I'm not good at keeping a strong mentality throughout my run. However, I was ON mentally Saturday, and it's crazy how much easier the run was! I focused on the music, I set goals for my run/walk intervals and stuck to them, and I pushed myself to finish strong. Seeing that ability in myself made me feel really good about my upcoming races, since finishing strong has always been tough for me.
-I ran my fastest 4-6 mile run EVER on my RunKeeper app.
A sub-10:00 pace and my fastest split for the last 0.3 miles of my run? Go, me!!
My success with Saturday's long run gives me hope for my next half marathon training cycle. If I'm having that kind of success with inconsistent training, then just think of what I can do when I fully stick to my plan! For now, though, I'll be tapering until the Glass Slipper Challenge and adjusting my goals for the two races based on my inconsistent training.
I'm linking up with Erika, Patty, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run!
Question for you: What's a lesson you've learned from a recent run?