I expected to wake up this morning, pop out of bed, and feel just like myself again because I am an optimist and because I spent all weekend feeling sick and I am now done with being sick. Unfortunately, there was no popping this morning. I still sound pretty bad and I have a wicked sinus headache. Ugghh! I was hoping, wanting, and planning to get in a strong run this morning. My backup plan was to just get outside, walk or run and just do whatever I can. But, I feel worse today than yesterday! Enter frustration…
About 10 months ago, I set a goal of running a half marathon PR this year. I was motivated by my impressive marathon splits last October and convinced that I could run 13.1 in under 1:50. My first attempt at this was in May. Although my training had ups and downs, I was confident on race day. Unfortunately, I hit the wall HARD at mile 8. Although I didn’t get the time that I was hoping for, I powered through for a strong finish and was definitely pleased with my run. I was hoping to run another half marathon in early October, but a broken toe set me back on mileage and split times. Now, here we are about 4 weeks before my Thanksgiving half marathon and my quality of training is POOR. I haven’t run more than 10 miles in a long time and my energy levels are on the floor.
So my head knows that this PR is a long shot, but I also know that I LOVE running, races, and the half marathon is fun distance no matter what your race time. Yes, non-runners, I did just say that 13.1 miles can be fun : ) Moving forward, I plan to do the best I can with my training. What is hard for me is knowing how strong my running was a year ago, but I have to keep in mind that this has been a different year for me. This year has been busier and more stressful, and I haven’t been able to prioritize workouts and training. And the extra LBs hanging around aren’t helping either. The optimist in me knows that f I don’t hit that 1:50 this fall, there is always next year. I know that I have that PR in me! But a lot goes into making my body race ready, and I welcome the changes it takes to get there.
For breakfast, I dove into a bowl of Pumpkin Chia Oatmeal from Veggie V (I added some banana to sweeten it up instead of syrup).
And then topped it with my homemade apple butter.
Yum! What a happy breakfast!!!
Sadly, after breakfast I crashed on the couch and haven’t been able to get myself moving since. I feel like I’ve been run over by a truck! Meanwhile, I rediscovered an old guilty please, the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders TV show. Please don’t judge me! You know you have a guilty pleasures too! I used to watch this show ALL the time when I lived in Memphis. Who knew that it was still on? Yesterday, I DVRed, like, 6 hours of the show which have been keeping me entertained from the couch. Because I was sick all weekend, I had big plans for today, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards. Return…frustration…I hate being sick and I’m sure ya’ll are sick of hearing about it : ) I am off for a nap!
How do you prepare for race goals?
Do you get frustrated when you’re sick?
Am I making any sense? ha ha!