As a follow up to my last post, I still have no idea what that random crazy pain was. I'm feeling pretty much back to normal and had a follow up with my doctor. Waiting for more test results and "hoping" it was maybe just a one time freak incident.
So in the meantime, we'll return to regular programming.
I have had a series of crappy runs to start off this training cycle. So far, I haven't gotten terribly discouraged but I know that I can only continue talking myself off the ledge for so long before I'll need to start really seeing better days.
There are a couple of reasons I suspect my runs have been less than stellar. First, I haven't been running. If you follow me on dailymile you'll notice I've been working out a lot but not doing any sessions dedicated to just running. Before training I was running maybe twice per week as part of my Orangetheory Fitness circuit workout which would average maybe 5 or so miles per week, swimming 3-4 days per week, at least a mile at a time and incorporating strength training at least twice per week. So as you can see, I probably wasn't in peak running shape to start this cycle and because of that I really can't be angry that I'm not seeing more impressive runs.
The classes at Orangetheory use treadmills and are interval workouts whether speed, hills or both and I've really been noticing improvement on the treadmill in both areas. The problem is that when I see inside on the treadmill I'm running a 9:13 pace, I want to go outside and run 9:13s for 5 miles. In true interval fashion, my 9:13 pace is only held for 90 seconds - 3 minutes tops. Why I think that will translate into miles and miles of speedy turnover is beyond me. I should also mention that those wonderful treadmills are inside. If you've been living anywhere near the Ohio River Valley you may have noticed it's been miserably, unbearably hot aside from yesterday and today. I do not heat acclimate well. In fact, I almost never do at all. I hate summer. I love cold. Blah, blah. So there's yet another reason why I shouldn't have been surprised by my less than stellar 100 degree heat index runs.
Still, I think there's always that part of you that wants instant gratification. I've been exercising regularly and my cardio fitness has really gotten quite strong. But all cardio is not created equal and in the back of my stubborn brain I think I know that. The only way to get better at running is to run. So that's what I'll do.
But what I want to know from you all is how do you bounce back? When you've had a rough workout or even rough day...maybe even a series of them, how do you put on your big girl panties (or big boy...boxers? Idk...) and forge on? I think we all handle things our own way but it never hurts to have a little help!
Here's the video of my latest disaster run. If you'd like to see more you're welcome to head over to my brand new YouTube channel! Yep, I've just learned how to use YouTube. Please judge accordingly.