Monday, September 26, 2016

The Most Challenging Aspect of Running (Tuesdays on the Run Edition)

So the topic of Tuesdays on the Run this week is: The most challenging aspect of running right now is...... for me it would be patience.





This training cycle has been hard for me.  First the heat and my slow speed.  Then one injury or another.  I have to remember that training is just that, training.  Not everything will be perfect. 

The Richmond MTT had noted that this summer was the hottest training summer they have had in 15 years.  I have also been trying to run via my heart rate and not by time.  With the weather so hot, that makes training by heart rate harder.  It may not have been the best time to start that, but I'm glad I did.  I know it has helped me get through the hot summer.  I just had to remember all summer that my times will go down when it finally cools done.

As with the heat, I have dealt with injuries.  Most small and not a huge ding in my training.  Only missing one or two runs here and there.  And then I slipped and hurt my back.  The hardest part of all of that was that I have been doing everything right and I got hurt by walking to the shower in the locker room.  It took a month before I felt good enough for a long run.  I had to make sure I didn't start things up too soon.  I've needed a lot of patience in the last couple of weeks when all I wanted to do was run. 

MCM is in a month.  I have one more 20+ training run to do.  I know that I will have to be patient over the next few weeks.  I think some fun times and yoga and meditation should help me. :)

What has been challenging for you lately?  How do you battle patience?







8 comments:

  1. The summer heat has been soul sucking. You are so wise to use HR training in these conditions and forget about pace. It is so frustrating when we do everything right and then something like your injury happens. Know that getting past all these obstacles makes you stronger mentally though and that will pay off at MCM. Thanks for linking up!

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  2. Wow, it's interesting that they said it is the hottest training Summer they've had in 15 years ago! It seemed like that to me but the external validation is good to have. Fun times, yoga and meditation definitely sound like good things to help :)

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    1. I know, I knew it was hot, but to have someone that keeps track was very interesting.

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  3. Sorry to hear about your injuries you have been working through. Hope your next 20 miler goes well. I recently just bought a new watch that has HR but don't pay too much attention to it.

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    1. I never have paid attention either. Just trying this out for the this round of training and then will decide if I will continue it.

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  4. Right there with you! I've been dealing with an injury myself and it's so hard to be patient..especially when the weather is finally beginning to cool off! Good luck with MCM!

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    1. Yeah, it's hard not to push myself when it is getting cooler. Thanks!

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