A good run on a bad day

Have you ever had one of “those days”?

Yesterday was one of “those days” for me.  No issue with anyone in particular.  My work went well and my family was well, but I felt lousy. Angry. Bugged. Unhappy.  Really there was no reason for my mood.  I guess it was just a Monday.

So what could I do? I got home from work and ran as hard as I could. Well not as hard as I could, but hard.

My first mile is usually a warmup mile and not very fast, but yesterday it was run at 8:01 and half of that was up hill (of course the other half was down hill 🙂 ).

photoSunday and yesterday was the first time since March that had two consecutive days under an 8:15 pace per mile.  It really did feel good.  I pushed my run hard for the first two miles making the second mile at a 7:34 pace.  The third mile was slower and I was tired.  However, I was able to keep my pace at 8:46 and the fourth mile at 8:29.  Finally the last small part of my run (about a tenth of a mile) I sprinted at my 5K pace of 7:12.

This is what was so hard about last week.  I had no outlet.  I had no way to work off my mood.  I just had to walk and suffer through.  To be honest for most of my marathon training I wasn’t able to really push my workouts.  It was so hot and humid that I had to take things slow.

Now I feel like things are getting back to normal.  I doubt I’ll keep this pace up.  8:12 for 4 miles is a goal pace, but the heat is returning this week and also my left achilles and top of my right foot aren’t the best.   Still it is good to know that I still have strong running in me.  And with a 10K a month away, I really want to work up to 6 miles at an 8:00 pace.

It is strange to be almost a month removed from my marathon and having so many other blogs I read with people just beginning their taper.  Once again, good luck to you all.  I’m pulling for you!

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5 thoughts on “A good run on a bad day

  1. I’m with you. When I can’t run, I have no outlet to let go of things. Glad YIU were able to “run it off” yesterday-and at a great pace! Hopefully we will get more consistent fall-like temps soon. It was foggy and warm here this morning. Not great running weather!

    • Thank you. I totally agree about the temps. It was cooler, but going back up near 90 this week. Hopefully things will cool off soon. I’m sure Portland should be cooler than Texas at least. 🙂

      • As of now, the starting temp should be in the low 50’s. Which is awesome. However….there’s a chance of rain now. Not awesome. Regardless, it will be MUCH better than our expected high of 92 today. Ugh.

    • Thank you! It was nice to have that option again. I didn’t know how dependent my mood had become on running. It is amazing how much your body adapts to what you do with it!!!

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