Someone recently commented to me about how much I run and workout. They commented how they could not imagine devoting that many hours of their day to physical activity, which, in their opinion, is not normal for a human. I told the person that I am indeed human and go through streaks in my training. Some days I work out more and have more energy than others.
I've got a pretty good memory and tend to remember things for long periods of times. I did a post last year where I talked about the "valley of training," which was written right before I found found I had low iron. One of the responses was that people just get through tough training times. Sometimes this involves leaving a Garmin at home, while others it just takes some Patience. But, it will pass.
This week I feel like I've been in a valley. I feel like I am beating myself up mentally. Most of this comes from the fact that I am not running very fast right now. I keep thinking back to my spring half marathons, where I ran them around a 7:40 pace, knowing now that I don't think I would have a chance to do that, which makes me sad and frustrated. Shouldn't a person get faster if they are running more, not slower?
While I still love running, it has been harder to motivate myself to go run because of this mind set. It is almost like I feel like I am not a good runner because of the paces I am running. Running is always harder in the summer due to the heat and humidity, but that only provides a little bit of comfort. Then, I think about the races I've recently done.
I know marathon training is a totally different ball game compared to anything else I've done before. It is a different mindset than running a half or one of the shorter distance races.
I hope I climb out of the valley I'm in soon.