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Running frustrations

Monday, July 22, 2013

I have been a little frustrated with my running lately. I know I have not been doing enough since I came back from Tenerife, but even so, my pace is rubbish. My 5K time is anything from 4-8 minutes slower than last year, don't even ask about 10K. I am trying to tell myself that pace is not the be all and end all, but some days I can't be convinced. At the weekend I really could not run for more than 2 or 3 minutes before stopping to walk. Today I went to the coastal walkway to run (flat and a splash in the sea after!!) and it was better but not to last years standards. I just feel I'm going backwards instead of progressing. I don't seem to have it in me to increase my distance either, after 50 mins or so I just don't feel I can go on. I am even considering withdrawing from my 10K race early Sept because I know if I don't finish in under an hour I will really be upset. I won't make any rash decisions yet, see how things go in August and take it from there.
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    I am going backwards on your blogs ...catching up...but I hope you have decided to stick with the 10K. It sounds like you may have worked though some of this?
    2814 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6329775
    Expectations sometimes are good and sometimes are not.
    In some cases they get in the way of our real purpose - just to be fit and healthy.

    I, too, get frustrated with my tremendous slowness...., but it is my belief that running (even as slow as I go) is a healthy part of my lifestyle.

    Hang in there....
    2842 days ago
    I would be THRILLED to run a 10k in under 60 minutes. My best time is 1:10:23 so no snickering! I will never be fast so I just have to enjoy being able to move.

    2842 days ago
  • APED7969
    After reducing my training amount and intensity after running a marathon late last year I went ahead and tried to keep up to my same pace. I've managed a couple of injuries, one likely to be related to pushing through a race at a faster pace than I'd probably trained to. Now after a month off I'm still in some pain and I'm now really slow. It is super frustrating but I wish I'd just allowed myself to be slow until I restarted a training plan from the beginning instead of trying to pick them back up a third or half way through. Good luck! Be consistent and I'm sure your pace will come back :-)
    2844 days ago
    I hear your frustration and understand it but give yourself time to work back slowly. Are you eating okay and getting the sleep you need? Many things go into your running besides just running. Stay strong and positive!
    2844 days ago
  • DR1939
    A sign of heart disease in women is tiredness. If this keeps up perhaps you should see your physician.
    2845 days ago
    Consistancy and patience are your best allies. There is still plenty of time to train for a September 10k. Go for it!

    (Do you like to run? That helps, too.)
    2845 days ago
    I hear you!! Same thing here! Keep working at it. Healthy not pace!
    2845 days ago
    I know how you feel. Take it a little easier and don't hurt yourself. As you train, your old form will come back. There is nothing wrong with walking if you run out of breath. Maybe you should slow down and work on building the aerobic base back up.

    I have had to slow down as I am starting to run again. My pace is a whole lot slower now, but I am getting a bit faster as time goes on.

    Be patient. You will get there.

    Thanks, Bruce
    2845 days ago
    I'm going through the same thing this year. I have no choice but to accept it and run for enjoyment. My energy will return. For now, I'll just enjoy.
    2845 days ago
    Maybe it's the heat? Or you need a short break? Or to try something fun for a change? Or maybe you just need to keep on pushing?

    Best wishes!
    2845 days ago
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