Morning! 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day!
I decided to go on a longer run this morning. My triathlon training hasn’t been going very well (meaning, I haven’t swam for a week) because I’ve been sick. A long run seemed really appealing when I woke up this morning.
But within the first 0.5 mile, I knew it wasn’t going to be a great run. My legs felt so sluggish, I was tired, my mood was irritable. I felt like I was STRUGGLING to maintain my normal 10:00/mile pace! Trust me – no matter how long you’ve been running for, or how many races you’ve done, sometimes it just really sucks to be running. It happens to everyone!
And then I started to think… This is a failure of a run. I suck. Why can’t I go faster?
But I kept going, hoping my spirits (and my pace!) would pick up. When my pace continued to drop, I decided around Mile 3.0 to banish the word “failure” from my vocabulary for the rest of my life. I’m out there, I’m running, and I’m doing my best – TODAY. I might be slower than usual, and I might be taking walking breaks, but neither of these things makes me a failure! A true fail would be doing NOTHING. So, SOMETHING – no matter how far or how short or how slow or how fast – is NOT a failure.
- Distance: 6.1 miles
- Duration: 1:2:08
- Mile 1: 9:50
- Mile 2: 9:43
- Mile 3: 10:14
- Mile 4: 10:47
- Mile 5: 10:19
- Mile 6: 10:29
- 0.1: 55 seconds
All in all, a very good run! 🙂
Pre-run snack was Chai tea with half and half and PB and jam toast:
Post-run breakfast was a BIG bowl of oatmeal:
My oatmeal contained:
- 3/4 cup oatmeal
- 3/4 cup rice milk
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 sliced banana
- 1/4 cup pumpkin
- Toppings: almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon
And now I’m off! The Husband has planned a surprise day for me (as he normally does on Valentine’s Day). Last year, we had a picnic, but he told me to dress up today. I wonder where we are going?
How do you define success and failure for your workouts?