It's been really hard to stay motivated with exercise this winter. After I completed my 5k training program and ran in two 5k runs my motivation went downhill with the declining sunlight. It's really hard to maintain a running program when it's not light long enough in the morning or evenings. I made myself download a 10k running app program and it's been quite challenging doing the first week. I was able to do though! It's a six week program and I finished Week 1, Day 2.
I went on a difficult walk that I hadn't done since I started running and unbelievably, I was able to walk the gigantic hill without stopping! I wasn't sure if running would help with hill climbing and now I now that it does.
The last 3 times I've ran have been horrible. I couldn't finish most of them, I was gasping for air. Well, today I ran this morning and it was a great run. I felt like I could have run forever. I am glad I had that run because I was getting very discouraged. I wonder if anyone else notices a difference in a morning run and and afternoon or evening run. I don't seem to be able to finish my runs in the evening but have no problems in the morning. I can't wait for daylight savings to start so that I can try to exercise in the mornings again.
I usually run on dirt because it feels better, somewhat soft and springy. When I run on pavement it seems more difficult, very hard, non-forgiving asphalt. Concrete is even worse, I never run on that. Does anyone else notice a difference in their running ability on different surfaces?
Well I did my first solo 5k run. I have to admit it was not as exciting when you are by yourself but it was very satisfying to participate and finish the run. I started the race a little late, my watch was wrong or they started a little early, so I had to run fast to catch up and then I became too breathless and had to walk some of the first mile. I am able to run fairly easily on a dirt path I use but when you are running on pavement with the slopes and rough surfaces to deal with it makes it much harder. I feel that I am very nervous when I first start, trying to stay with the group when it's not my pace. After a while, I just decided to run at my pace and try not to pay attention to other participates. It's discouraging when you are running next to someone who is walking. My pace is about 15 minute miles. I need to relax. It's hard when you are in a group of people. When I run by myself, I can maintain a good pace for myself. I ran a little over 46 minutes better than my last time!