Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Thing About Running

I would say now that Mike and I have been running for awhile that our typical run during the week is about 5-6 miles. I can bust out a 5 miler like it is nothing, most of the time, and not feel completely useless for the rest of the day.

The funny thing about running is how two statistically similar runs can feel so drastically different on your body.


Yesterday called for 5 miles, and since Mike and I were going out to dinner with our friends I needed to run before Mike got home. It was unseasonably warm yesterday, almost 80, and as soon as I started out on the run I felt thirsty. I didn't start to get really hot until the third mile or so, then I was just pushing to try to get the run done (and keep up a decent pace).

I am, usually, able to get myself through a run shorter than 10 miles by thinking to myself, "just get to the halfway point". Once I get to the halfway point I can finish up the run without any major issues (though sometimes my pace does get slower than I would like).

Today, I also had to run 5 miles. I started out a little bit earlier so it wasn't as warm but still not typical temps for October. While my pace was almost exactly the same as yesterday, I felt a lot better. My calves were really tight the entire time, but other than that I never felt as bad as I did yesterday. My paces were a lot more consistent today, and none of them were above 9 minute pace.

You would think that runs that were, in essence, exactly the same would FEEL the same. That isn't the case with running. Neither of these runs were the "I feel like I am flying and I never want to stop" kind of run, but I felt dramatically better today compared to yesterday. 

That's one thing I love about running. Even though runs that I struggle during can be a little bit frustrating, they remind me that a better run is, literally, just a day away.

15 comments:

  1. Yay! :) I know the feeling. It's both demoralizing and invigorating. haha!

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  2. Running is insane!!! I never know what any given day will bring, but I know I'll always be proud of myself for making it happen.

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  3. So true! Some days my runs feel great and some days I struggle the entire time. I live for the good runs:)

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  4. One of my teammates and I were talking about this today--how you feel during a run (or bike or swim) depends on a variety of factors and can easily change from one day to another. At least the tough workouts make the easier ones seem more enjoyable. :)

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  5. Isn't that the truth. Running is the perfect analogy for life, in my opinion. Some days are harder than others for no good reason.

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  6. You are so right! One never really knows what the run will be like. But I never regret going for one.

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  7. Definitely true! And I'm loving these warm temps! We'll be freezing soon enough. ;)

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  8. So true. It's the kind of thing that you can't explain to people who think running is so repetitive and boring as well. It's not. It changes all the time.

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  9. Crazy how this works! I was just chatting with Crystal yesterday about how we can run over 16-20 miles, but yet both struggled through a 13 mile road race last weekend. When a tough run goes by, I try to think "good, that's over" and hope for at least week ahead of great runs :-) Sometimes that works.

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  10. So true!! I feel the same way about cycling--wind, weather and other factors can have such a drastic impact on how you feel!

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  11. Yes- I love the way it can change day by day, and one bad run doesn't have to ruin the whole week. Great splits!

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  12. So true how two runs can statistically be identical but physically/mentally be completely different! Our bodies and the elements that affect them can be nuts haha

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  13. That is so true! I know exactly what you mean.

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