I'm frustrated. My runs are not getting any easier. I feel like I'm doing the right amount of training, not too much, not too little, and yet every time I go out feels like a struggle. My legs ache, I feel slow, my body is tired. I'm surviving my long runs, but truly it is surviving. Even three miles can feel difficult.
My diet isn't perfect, but I don't think that is the culprit, unless perhaps it is a lack of carbs. I doubt it though. I don't eat fried food, I eat a very minimal amount of processed food. My biggest downfall is chocolate. Sleep is also a factor, I'm doing a good job if I manage six hours a night, and rarely are those hours consecutive. But even this morning after sleeping just about six straight and feeling relatively rested when I set off (in 60 degree temps no less!), after a mile I was begging for it to be over. So what's a girl to do? I know I'm not as strong as I used to be, but could it really make that much of a difference? I have no idea. It is a wee bit aggravating.
On another note, I never did find out what it was like to run in Colorado. I opted to fit a six mile run in on Thursday before we left, so that I'd only have 4 on my schedule for the weekend. And since we opted to fly home Saturday, I did just over 4 in KC on Sunday. I was only slightly bitter when I check KC's weather Saturday morning and saw 55 degrees. I was wishing I could take advantage of that.
Even though the runs don't feel good, I am still covering miles. This week I managed 17.8 total, and halfway through September I've racked up 43 miles (I need a minimum of 65 to meet my yearly goal, my goal for September though is at least 85 miles). I've got 10 on the schedule for this weekend. Wish me luck!
Oh and sorry this is posting so late. Between dealing with a sick baby last night and nap time disappearing from Ry's schedule, I feel like I haven't had a minute to myself in a long time.
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