Like the others, I would say not to worry too much about it. I find that some runs are amazing, some aren't so great, but each individual run speaks little of my overall ability. I've done 16 mile runs that feel better than 6 miles around the block. There are so many factors at play, including diet, weather, mood, time of day, clothing choices, physical well-being, mental well-being -- the list goes on and on! I find that no matter how hard a single run might be, I keep running to experience one more of those amazing runs that are effortless and free. You'll get there again!
If that's the case, I'll be solid, haha. Though I didn't know until today that our half is a trail race ... Which I've heard is far harder than road races. O_O Hahaha.
Any suggestions for that, aside from running on trails?
I think what I ate on Sunday and my lack of sleep is what played into how I felt. I am usually great about what I eat and I didn't do so well on Sunday (turned into a pizza day). I also had a grand total of 9 hours of sleep all weekend.
I totally agree with CASSIOEPIA. There are several factors in that equation. I was just thinking this morning, I may run the same route every Tuesday and Thursday, but there will never be a run that is exactly the same. Nutrition, rest, what is the weather like, all have an influence on your runs. CASSOEPIA can probably back me up on the following statement. Your training should be a lot harder than race day.
P90X favorite motto, "DO YOUR BEST and FORGET THE REST!"
First of all, congratulations on such a successful journey in weight loss and running. That was awesome reading that.
There are so many factors in "the wall". Can you remember anything that was different? How was your sleep the night before? Was your nutrition any different? The humidity and temperatures? Your water intake?
Please don't worry about increasing your runs and hitting the wall each time. If you are following a training plan, you should be able to train up to the half marathon distance without many walls. It does happen, and it's helpful if we can pinpoint the cause, but sometimes we can't.
So ... I've got four races coming up in the next two months, and I'm beyond excited! I ran a bunch of 5Ks last year, got a PR at my last one (when I started running, I was 360 lbs. and had a 50-minute 5K. My PR was a 39:05 5K last Sunday).
I'm training for my first-ever half marathon on June 8, and have been running consistently with a run buddy I work with at school.
Yesterday, we aimed for a five-mile run, which isn't a big deal (I did this last week fairly easily). But for some reason, in the midst of our run, I hit a wall. I haven't had it ever happen before, and it worries me that runs five miles and over may be too much (which now makes me panic for the half). I'm not looking to hit a certain time for the half, just to finish it ...
Any suggestions on dietary things or workouts I can do to push my wall back to a higher mileage? I know it occasionally happens, but it was a big ole' slap to the face yesterday ... :/
Any advice on how to keep plugging along and bettering my distance would be great! I'm not looking to get better times on anything but 5Ks anymore (as I'm comfortable with those). I'll aim for more times next year! This year is all about increasing distance! :D
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