There Will Be Weeks Like This

February 28, 2017


I’m up to seven miles on my long run now. It’s not pretty. There’s an embarrassing shuffle involved, and sometimes I even slow to a walk.

I’m in a weird place with running right now. According to my running plan, I should be improving. I’m certainly adding mileage every week. But, honestly, I could already do 10 miles–at a walk, anyway. I’m not sure I’m running any farther than I did the prior week; I’m just adding some walking time. Once I hit five miles, things stagnated.

I don’t know how to fix that, which is frustrating as hell. I’m afraid the answer might be time, and I simply don’t have enough of it. Maybe I should have given myself twelve weeks to train instead of ten, or better yet, sixteen or twenty. Maybe, maybe, maybe.

This is not to say I’m dropping out of the race, or even thinking about it. I can do 10 miles in the time allotted even if I walk half of it. I just really, really, REALLY want to run the whole 10 miles and it’s hard to come to terms with the realization that maybe I can’t, yet. Then again, I still have four more weeks of training. Who’s to say where I’ll be in those four weeks?

Plus I got new shoes, and they’re pretty. So there’s that.


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  • Reply Michael March 1, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Sometimes you plateau, that’s temporary and improvement will come. You’ve set a good, attainable goal. Good for you and pulling for you!

    • Reply Lynn March 1, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply TeachRunEat March 2, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Also, you might think about what you’re eating either before or during the run! I discovered (the hard way) that I can’t do anything past 6 miles without eating food and bringing water. That’s about an hour of running at my pace. So you might consider bringing a snack (Clif bar, figs, etc) that can give you an energy boost for the longer runs!

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