I had another successful summer run yesterday. Two great runs in a row. Wow.
My app has really helped slow me down as it speaks to me, “Slower” when I run too fast for the preset pace. This had enabled me to run like I used to before the summer heat hit. I have cut my weekday runs to 5 miles for now and am working on rebooting my training for our marathon.
I am so encouraged by my runs this week. Negative splits have changed my summer runs from dreadful to… maybe not exciting, but at least something to which I look forward.
As I ponder the Lehigh Valley Marathon in 8 weeks, I have come to realize (with TJ’s help) that the pressure of wanting to keep an 8:00 pace for 26.2 miles has really gotten to me. It has made my running a burden and no longer fun. So I have changed my attitude toward the marathon. I would love to qualify for Boston in September and hope that I will, but I am no longer focusing on that as my primary objective. It is an accomplishment in and of itself to finish my first marathon and I may surprise myself and run at my desired pace. But I am going to relax, enjoy and make this an experience to remember.
So I feel that I am in a much better place now. I have had a couple really good runs this week, even in the heat. I have taken the pressure off of myself as to my expectations for the marathon. I am more positive and enjoying the journey rather than obsessing about the destination.
Life is good!