Last weekend I went for a run on Saturday with Chad.
9 miles. Great weather. Dressed perfectly. Felt stronger than ever. I had my favorite Honey Stinger Chews.
I enjoyed my favorite snack later in the day.
A perfect day right? Then why was I so frustrated? A frustration that I’ve felt for the past week or so but couldn’t quite figure it out. Yesterday in Three Things Thursday I mentioned an overwhelming need to change something. Maybe my frustration is the reason. If something doesn’t feel right make a change. Fix it.
Then, yesterday morning while I was getting dressed for work I put it all together and I think I figured out the why!
It seems to come down to 2 things…
1. My pace. Why is it that I’m I feeling stronger than ever (like I could run forever) but that isn’t translating into a faster pace? I’m not much of a big picture kind of person. I love the details and sometimes get so caught up in the details I miss the big picture. I think the answer is having surgery 3 time last year translates into A LOT of time recovering. I looked at each surgery as individual periods of time. Now. Collectively, I see that’s a lot of time with no running. After the first surgery I never really had a chance to build and maintain a 25-30 miles/week base before the next one and I never got back to my PR times.
2. My training. I need a plan! It makes finding time to run so much easier in my sometimes crazy busy life and it’s comforting to know the day to day. A plan gives me direction and focus. That brings me to my second source of frustration. With 12 in 2012 and Ragnar Colorado in July this year is one of my most exciting ever for running. But, how in the world do I train? I haven’t been able to come up with a plan that feels right. A plan that is going to get me to my goals. The way I’ve trained in the past isn’t going to work.
So that’s it. My great epiphany yesterday (or maybe the day before) while putting on my mascara. So I think I’ve figured it out. Now what? The obvious answer. I need to come up with a plan 🙂
What do you do when you feel so incredibly frustrated but can’t figure out why? Do you feel like you need a plan to train for races?
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend!