I have been struggling with my motivation lately. Sometimes it is so nice to not run and just have almost zero pain from injuries like my foot that, I get caught up in not running. I took most of December off due to a back injury. You all know my back if I push that sucker when it is on the brink it will show me who is boss so, I wisely (yes I am still congratulating myself for this stroke of genius, hey it doesn't happen often let me bask in the glory of a smart decision) took time off and didn't push the back. It started to feel better by the time Christmas rolled around but, we had a house full and it was easier to just extend my break. Then as I was feeling ready to run again it was the week before Disney and I had thought who cares I will just run this week and not taper but, a nasty flu had other plans for me so I laid around praying to the porcelain god. Then somehow I don't know how I ran a 1/2 and full while winding up my bout of the flu. You would think when I got home from the races I would have felt like training again knowing I have a 50 miler in 1.5 months but it wasn't so. I just didn't feel it last week. I did get out for one awesome 6 miler and got in some hrs on the elliptical but nothing great.
(insert serious happy dance)
(like singing and waving arms and twirling happy dance)
IT WAS DIFFERENT. I did my elliptical and was thinking of calling it a day and then I called myself out and hit the mill. I started off jogging at a 10 mm and suddenly that wasn't enough. I tapped the pace down and kept running, at 3 miles I thought: "ok I will do 5, lets go" so I began doing a progression and dropping the pace every .1 miles until I hit 6:30mm and I would run that pace until I was ready to break and then put the pace back at 10mm and work it again. It felt AWESOME!!!!! to do the 6:30. I mean I definitely feel how much I have lost in my legs but at least they can do some sibilance of a speed workout. I ended up doing 7 miles because I was having so much fun.
I feel great. I think I might even do this 50 miler in March. I was beginning to think I would drop it but now, well, I might just have a chance to get my legs back in time to do it and have fun. Man I love running, it just gives you so much.
Happy Running Everyone!! Hope you find your legs today.