"I constantly remind myself that resting takes confidence. Anyone can train like a mad man, but to embrace rest and to allow all the hard training to come out takes mental strength." - Ryan Hall
Well, this week, I must be really mentally strong! Monday morning I ran 2 miles, and I could have been running in a sea of mud - just slogging along. I hadn't slept enough, so I was tired and "hungry" all day and ate too much.
Tuesday I cross-trained - Pilates and aerobics. I did some laundry. Nothing spectacular.
Wednesday, I should have run again, but I made the executive decision to switch to the other alarm and stayed in bed another hour and a half - HEAVEN! I didn't go for a walk at lunchtime. I had a headache. Meh. When I got home, I went straight upstairs to bed. I didn't go to sleep right away, but I sat and read a magazine. No laundry. No housework of any kind. I just vegged out for a couple of hours then went to sleep. Such decadence!!!
Yesterday, I got up early and ran three miles. Oh. My. Gosh. It was easy. It flowed. I kept thinking, "I'm going too fast. I have to slow down." When I got home and checked my splits, I was right. The second mile was a minute and five seconds faster than the first mile. The third mile was thirty-two seconds faster than the second mile.
And yes, I was faster than my target training pace for the week.
But for the first time in a month, running was effortless. I'd been feeling as if I were running uphill in all directions, but yesterday, going uphill was easy, and there was the sweet tug of gravity on the downhill side.
This morning I cross-trained, didn't walk at noon, and vegged out again after getting home. Oh, the mental strength I exhibited!
The plan for the morning is six to eight miles.
We'll see how that works out tomorrow.