Ok so this running in the summer thing is just not making me happy. I still like to run but I hate, hate, hate seeing my miles take longer now that I have been a runner for almost 6 months. It annoys me to no end that the people I was running next to are now able to push harder and run faster. So what do I do? Push too hard and nearly make myself ill. I know logical right?
I have also noticed if I hang back as the groups start I feel a need for speed and go out to hard too soon. This doesn’t work either. I give out even quicker. It is like I am constantly playing a head game with myself.
Last night I tried to beat the game, and to a certain extent I did. I started off on time, did my planned warm up, and ran at a comfortable pace for me. My usual group caught up and then passed me – then the evil gremlins started to creep in. I did my best to beat them off. I wanted to run hard and keep up but knew that in the end this would help no one. It wasn’t easy to choke this down, but I stayed at my own pace and ran the majority of the route (which I haven’t been able to do since the temps began to climb in May). I finished with a sense of accomplishment.
Until I got home and reviewed the days data… 17:35 pace ?!? What the frack!?! I am not ok with this!!!! To say the least I feel the need for ‘some’ speed! I had been doing closer 10 12 or 13 minute pace but I get with heat that the pace was going to suffer but this bad? Come on!