STL Half – 4 Weeks To Go!

I’ve been really struggling to hit my stride the past week and a half.  I’ve just been stressed in all other aspects of life, so my running took a hit.  I wish it was the other way around.  Some people are able to channel their anger or stress or sadness into running.  And sometimes I can do that.  But recently it’s just made me want to do nothing.

That said, if just shy of 27 miles is a “bad week,” then I’m still in a way better place I was 3 months ago.

Monday – 7.4 miles in 59:10 (7:59 avg pace)

My Garmin was being super screwey on this run.  Does that ever happen to you?  It said my first mile was 8:55 and I was like ehhh yeah maybe I’m just getting going.  But I was also a tad further than I normally am heading this direction away from my condo when the Garmin beeps for 1 mile.  And then it eventually beeped for my 2nd mile saying I did a 10-something pace.  And now I was much further than where I know the approximate 2-mile mark would be.  Samesies for the 3rd.  But then it seemed to get it’s act together and tell me I was doing 8 minute miles.  Why was it doing this?  Maybe because it was so cloudy?  I don’t know, man.

Tuesday – 4 miles in 32:40 (8:10 avg pace)

Well this was definitely my shortest run of the training cycle.  Again, just a mentally tough run.  It was finally warm though!  But that meant everyone and their mother and their dog and their best friend was out on the lakefront path at 7pm.  And it was already dark by this time, so it was frustrating trying to navigate through people, while feeling crappy.  So that I ended it prematurely.

But back to the beautiful weather…50-60 degrees is the perfect temperature for this beauty of a jacket:

Boston Jacket

Wednesday – OFF

Thursday – 9.2 miles in 1:11:00 (7:43 avg pace)

I finally got my act together again to do a pretty good run, at least a longer-ish run.  I started the first 4 miles each between 7:58 – 8:20, then brought it down to 7:39, 7:16, 7:39, 7:40, then finished up the last mile in 8:01.  Felt glad I did it afterwards, but still just a meh feeling.  Can’t shake it off!  Teach me your ways, Taylor Swift.

Do you know what helps to put you in a good mood and feel like a real runner again?

New Shoes from Fleet Feet

Getting a package with my new running shoes (to wear in the St. Louis half!) in a package addressed like this.  One of my good running friends from Cincinnati is a manager at the Fleet Feet out there, so I ordered them from him and he sent them my way!

Friday – 6.25 miles (no watch)

I decided to practice the “naked run” without a watch or music or anything.  Then Angela came in town for the weekend! …

Saturday – OFF

And we took St. Patrick’s Day hard.

Chicago St. Patrick's Day

Sunday – OFF

Mobility was hard for the better part of the day.  We did go on a little walk in the rain, which felt refreshing.  And then I walked to Chipotle at one point.  And I had a lot of cleaning to do.  But that was about it.

TOTAL – 26.9 miles

So yeah, not the best week mileage-wise and I took 3 days off, which is the most I have taken off in a week since the new year.  But like I said, three months ago, this would have been an average week…maybe even a “good” week considering I had a 9 mile run in there.  So I’ll try to think about that.

Does your Garmin ever act up?  How often?

How do you overcome a “down” week? (Either in a mileage sense or mental/emotional sense…or both.)

One Thought on “STL Half – 4 Weeks To Go!

  1. I HATE it when my GPS watch acts up. I’ve used different brands (Garmin, Polar, Adidas) in different areas (Lakefront, downtown, my parents’ house in the middle of nowhere), and it doesn’t matter – I’ve had issues everywhere. I know I probably shouldn’t be so dependent on my watch, but it really is such a necessary training tool if you don’t have all your mile markers memorized. Very frustrating!

    I hope you start feeling better mentally soon! Even though you took three days off and are in the middle of a training cycle, I think it’s important to listen to your body/mind, and if running is going to make things worse than better, to take a step back and put your health first. You’re training for a goal, sure, but it’s not like your life depends on this race, so I think it’s okay to take some extra rest days when you feel like you need them.

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