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.
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.
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.