Breakthrough Week

When it comes to running for me, it seems I only hit breakthroughs after having a terrible, no good, very bad run.

That was Wednesday.

I had a plan in my head – easy 5-6 miles, basically whatever got me out and back to my apartment within an hour because I still had to teach two classes.  It sucked.  I took out the insoles in my Newton’s to see how that felt since these are a little bigger heel toe drop than my Newton Distance U’s.  It was a terrible idea because now I have blisters under the balls of my feet.  Mistake number one.

At least it was a beautiful day for a run in Buffalo.
At least it was a beautiful day for a run in Buffalo.

After about a mile and a half, I felt exhausted and slow.  I took a few steps heel striking and was less exhausted, plus my pace picked up easily. I know this isn’t how it’s supposed to be.  I trekked along and finished the 5.4 mile run averages 9:22 pace.

My easy pace heel striking was 8:00-8:30 miles on flat roads.  It was really difficult for me to run 9:00 miles, even on my long runs. In a way, it’s nice that I’m now running at a slower tempo, but even when I tried to push hard, I couldn’t pick it up.  Why?

I read up on some more form articles and whined to J about it that night.  He’s a good sport and listens to all my whining, then cheers me up.  He reassured me that I was still recovering, it takes time to get used to a new form, and I’ll get better with time.  I’m competitive so I want results fast, but I have to be patient.

Patience is not something I have.

I took a couple recovery days because this run really kicked my ass and sometime Friday evening, I felt miserable.  I have my PT’s phone number and he said to text him if anything should arise, especially now that we’re transitioning to biweekly sessions, and possibly graduating… so I did.  And it probably sounded whiny, too.

“How long is this supposed to take?  My easy pace is 90 seconds slower than it ever was!  I can’t run fast!  I’m exhausted so quickly!  What am I supposed to do?”

The answer?  6 or more months.

Wahhhhh.

After that, he was pretty quick to make everything seem better though.  Sure it may take 6 or more months to adapt, but I’m completely changing my form.  I’m also coming off of an injury, one that sidelined me for 5 full weeks, and made it so I couldn’t run more than few miles a week for even more.  I will get better.  I will get faster.  It will be okay.

And you know what?  The next time I ran, it was okay.

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Brittany

Just a 20-something homegrown Buffalo sports loving, distance running, gin drinking kind of girl.

3 thoughts on “Breakthrough Week”

  1. I found when I slowed my pace I got faster at races. My average pace in training runs is 8:30-9. I feel fast if I run anything quicker. However, I’m racing in the 6 minute range. When I ran my training runs at 7-8 pace, I felt more tired and ran less miles. I can completely understand that.

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    1. I really need to keep this in mind as I work my mileage back up and especially come January when I start training for the Buffalo Marathon (!!!). With teaching classes and trying to fit in my runs, I can’t afford to be tired.

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