#21: Keep the steam up, running
Monday, April 22, 2013
I've been running out of steam. Last week was pretty terrible, not only because of US events, but on a personal level too. On Monday I got an IUD placed (as I was following the news of the Boston Marathon bombing, horrified) and on Wednesday my cycle started. I know the IUD causes more cramping and heavier flow, but this.... I've never had such awful pains! Basically, I spent the whole week grumpily moping and reading the news.
I ran once on Thurs, doped on NSAIDs. Finally finished 10K training week 9 (10 min run x 4), but couldn't even run the 4 mi (stopped at 3.90). It was a miserable experience, since I ran in the middle of the day in the blazing sun. I realize that it's still an accomplishment, but I'm afraid my training is not fast enough to be ready for the 10K on May 19. I have 4 weeks to increase my distance by 2.2 miles. But the problem is that I'm barely running 2x week. It has been challenging to dedicate an 1 hr + at least 30 min prep before and after to run.
I need to pick myself up and stick to the schedule. If I bail on this 10K, my whole plan to run a marathon next year will fall apart. I need to find motivation and encouragement, but it's so hard when you've been cramping like hell for a week. I'm a terrible wussy when it comes to feminine pain.
To motivate myself, I decided to buy an armband for my phone. I've been looking for one since my first 5k last year. Once I finish the 10K, I'll get myself a heart rate monitor. These are little presents for my determination.
I know I CAN do it. Now I just need to DO it.