Today I have been super excited about one thing. And it isn’t the fact that it’s Friday! I’ve been resting in anticipation of my 2 mile run today. On Tuesday I was able to run 2 miles in 23 minutes and 11 seconds, so I was determined to beat that pace today.
I started my run really strong, but almost immediately things didn’t feel right. Unlike Tuesday, today’s run felt like a struggle from the beginning. The thought crossed my mind that maybe I had started out at too fast a pace, but in my excitement for the run I quickly let the thought go and kept pushing myself.
Well, it certainly didn’t get any easier. At mile 1.4 I felt that if I didn’t stop that my lungs were going to literally explode and someone would find me on the side of the road! From that point I walked home, trying a couple of times to run again, but to no avail. 😦
When I got back to check my time, I had done the same 2 miles in 24 minutes and 11 seconds, which is only one minute longer! I definitely think that I started out way too fast for my own good, which led to a quick burn out.
Overall, these were the issues that led to my bad run today:
1. Pace-I started out way too fast! It would have been a much smoother run if I had maintained a slower pace at the beginning.
2. Hydration-Thinking about how I spent this morning and afternoon prior to my run I realized that all I had had to drink all day was 1 cup of coffee! Obviously, it is important that I am well hydrated if I want to have a successful run without tiring out.
3. Inhaler-Unlike Tuesday, today I did not use my inhaler. Maybe this is why I felt I was going to cough up a lung only 1.4 miles in! Definitely won’t forget to use the inhaler again.
4. Stamina-Today was just one of those days when I didn’t feel strong. I didn’t sleep that great last night, so my stamina was not at its peak performance .
With this said, I’m really looking forward to a better run on Sunday! Oh, and I am going to my first ever yoga class tomorrow. I really can’t wait to see how I like it.
Here are some pics I took today in my front yard. Enjoy! 🙂