The long run struggle

Some days I feel like I am the only person in the world who struggles with the long run. I will have a great run, where I run the entire time and feel fantastic and refreshed at the end (aka the 7 miler I did 3 weeks ago) and then I will have a terrible run where I end up walking a third of it and inch-worming my way along like it’s the worst struggle in the world (aka my 7 mile run yesterday). I really just don’t understand why I have so many issues with the long run some days and they are so easy others.

I guess my motivation levels probably have something to do with it. I swear, there are some days where I feel like the most motivated person in the world. You know what I’m talking about, the “I-could-run-20-miles-right-now-if-I-wasn’t-stuck-at-my-desk” feeling. But I am stuck at my desk and let’s be honest, I’d probably have a heart attack and die if I tried that.

I’m moving on Saturday (yay!) and since I will only be less than 15 minutes away from my office (double yay!) I plan on running in the morning before work Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays followed by the gym everyday after work. Let’s see how long my motivation sticks!

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2 thoughts on “The long run struggle

  1. I notice I run better in cooler/cold weather. So when it comes to the long run, I try to plan accordingly. If the weather is a little cooler on a different day than I have planned, I try to rearrange my schedule.

    However I know that isn’t always doable. So from there it is just expectation management. If you know you aren’t going to have an amazing run, for what ever reason, keep your expectations low and eyes off the watch. Just finish!

    Good luck!

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