Remember how I said that this was going to be the year of the PR? I was able to do it for my half marathon and then the 5k. But not so much on my 5 miler and 10k. Running just hasn’t been at the forefront as of late. Other things have definitely taken precedence.
But there was something in the back of my mind that made me think that I could take a few weeks (maybe a month) in between runs and still be fine…right? Still able to run at a good pace…right? Yeah, not so much.
This past Saturday I went on a 4 mile run with my parents. The weather was nice and sunny, but at 9AM it was getting hot. I was able to keep up with my dad (who’s a pretty consistent mid to high 8′s runner) for the first mile, but after that, I started to pull back and had to walk just shortly after that. Just before the 2 mile turnaround, I stopped to walk and catch up with my mom. We went about 1/2 mile together before I had to stop and walk again. I had to do that for the remainder of the 2 miles.
I was actually kind of heart broken. Yes it was hot, but I have done much better in much worse. I guess I thought that I would still have it in me for just 4 miles, but it looks like my running mojo is now barely at a whimper. It’s no fooling around that I have to build up to that sub 10-minute mile half marathon and sub 26-minute 5k again.
I know that lately I’ve been all “I’m losing my fitness, I haven’t run in so long, I want to feel how good I felt in 2010, blah, blah”. Well, I actually did something about it. I’ll be starting a training and nutrition program with Paige in the next week and I am so excited to have a plan and program to follow. For me, I need to be accountable to someone/something. I’ve been following Paige’s site for at least a year now and when she started her training services program, I jumped at the chance. I can’t wait to start!
And for your viewing pleasure: my favorite part of the Olympic opening ceremony. And I don’t think it’s any coincidence that this push to be more fitness minded is during the Olympics.