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I Have A Problem With Running

Hi friends! Hope you had a fantastic Thursday and are excited as I am that it is officially Friday!

Last night we had two couples from church over for burgers, sweet potato fries, and chit-chat. It’s always fun connecting with other couples, and inevitably by the end of the night the guys are in one room and the girls in the other. I forgot to take any pictures of our dinner, (bad blogger!), but I assure you it was so laid back that they’d probably be boring anyways 🙂

I whipped out my first “fall” centerpiece, and am itching to hit up Hobby Lobby and rack up on my fall and Christmas season decor! I actually already had this centerpiece from last year and forgot it was just taking up space on the mantle, so I moved it to the table for dinner. Again, no picture, but it’s so easy to explain- for our wedding we were given this pretty vase with script etching on it that says “fleurs” and this pretty swirly design around it, so I filled the vase 1/4 full with whole coffee beans, then stuck in an orange pumpkin pillar candle, and voila! I love all things coffee beans/wheat/burlap/jute/tin/wood/rustic/mason jars, etc, so this goes perfectly with the rest of our house. In fact, the coffee beans are leftover from our wedding when we filled our I-N-G-L-E mugs with coffee for our coffee bar! The coffee beans let out a slight aroma that mixes perfect with the pumpkin candle. Since this has been sitting in our house for about a year now, the scents are pretty unnoticable, but I figure once I add fresh beans and maybe a stronger candle we’ll be good to go! Think something similar to this…but with a pumpkin candle and detail on the vase. Thanks Google, you’re always there for me in a pinch.

Before our friends came over, Adam and I took Truckee to the lake and we all got our sweat on. Adam took the monster truck around the lake one way, while I ran the other. I think all three of us underestimated the humidity. Come. On. Fall.

I did 4 miles total, right in line with my weekday training plan. Miles 1-3 were at a pace I was satisfied with, but mile 4 I took it easy and enjoyed a run-walk effort. When I wrapped things up, I realized…

I have a problem with running, and I need to figure out how to fix it!

That’s right. I have a problem with running, and I need to figure out how to fix it. Here’s my problem: I think I trained so hard this summer to get my 5K time down that now my body thinks I only have one speed, and the capacity to only go 3.1 miles at said speed, then mentally and physically I’m ca-put and done.

Now, naturally I KNOW I can’t maintain this pace for the entirety of a half marathon, let alone a full marathon. (At least not right now!) I KNOW I need to get out of my head that I have to go out so fast, and I KNOW if I just slowed it down and got over my pride that I would be much better off. Obviously, I would like to still be in the 8’s for my average pace over the course of my half and full, BUT, I just CAN’T kill myself over the first 3 miles, and I’m trying to teach myself to get over that. I know full and well that I could bust out a 6 or 7 today just fine at a little slower pace, but because I’ve trained myself now to run 3.1 so hard, it’s been hard getting myself out of that mindset, and conserving my energy for the long haul! Running a 5K and running a half marathon are completely different ball games. You run with a completely different strategy, and they take completely different training!

Anyone else have this problem? Running has always been extremely mental for me, and if I think I can, I can, and if I think I can’t, I can’t and I won’t. I think my plan of attack is going to be to turn my Garmin around when I head out on a long run, and MAKE myself run at a pace that feels good, instead of constantly check in on my splits. Then, I’ll slowly work back into noticing my splits and make sure I’m still making progress towards my goal finishing time.

What have you done to battle training problems? Have you ever had to teach yourself to slow down in order to maintain longer miles?

Tomorrow morning I might meet up with the local marathon training group and try to do a 6 or 8 miler. However, the appeal of sleeping in for the first time in weeks is sounding great!

In case you missed yesterday’s post on 10 ways to be happy right now, here are a few links that had me smiling this morning:

13 Things a Movie Theater Employee Won’t Tell You

The 6 Crappiest Interview Questions

Can Spray-On Caffeine Help Your Running?

-Will and Kate Send Thank You Cards

PS. I was nominated for the Sunshine Award recently, and I promise I will get that post up asap!

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12 Comments

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    August 23, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I run on the treadmill a lot, so when I get on the road I have a really hard time pacing myself! I like to find songs that have me running to the beat at the pace I want and try to play those. It helps keep me on track if I find myself running faster or slower than I’d wanted to!
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    Jenn
    August 23, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Interesting. I have definitely had to slow down in order to sustain more miles, due to my issues this summer. It’s definitely something that disappointed me and I had to retrain myself, but I am trying to keep the big picture in mind and remember what my real goals are. As I get stronger, I’ll build myself up again.

    Just remind yourself that you have to start somewhere, and now you’re working on greater distances. You’ll get all those splits consistently down to where you want them. Promise.

    Have a great weekend!

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    jenn @ runnderlust
    August 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    obsessed obsessed obsessed with that candle.

    i’m in the same boat as you sister! I trained so hard for 5ks now I have trouble understanding what I need to be doing or how fast or long I need to be doing everything to get ready for a fall half. My body isn’t cooperating right now 😉

    by the way….
    OBSESSED with the coffee candle. Just had to say it one more time.
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    Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries
    August 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I’m pretty new to running but my body naturally wants to run slow. I have the opposite problem! I’ve been trying to speed up my pace for shorter runs. I definitely wouldn’t be able to maintain that pace for my long runs though.
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    Ashley
    August 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I’ve had to REALLY work on slowing down in my longer runs…I try and not let myself look at my garmin and just keep at a comfortable pace until at least my halfway point or the point where I need to fuel up. Then, if I know I have it left in the tank, I push it for the back half.

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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    August 23, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I know exactly what you mean!! I know that I can run a sub-9 mile and I get frustrated with myself when I don’t do it.. thing is, I can’t run that fast for very long. Like you, a 5k is pretty much it. I get really bummed when I see my average pace in the 10 to 11 range because I know I can do better. I try to keep reminding myself that doing easier runs will help me recover, build endurance, and in a roundabout way make me faster. It’s hard though, I have to make a conscious effort NOT to stare at my Garmin.

    And also — fall weather, where are you? I want the humidity to GO AWAY!!!

    ps — sorry if this shows up twice! Something went weird on me when I submitted the first time and I didn’t see it posted 🙂

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    Mandi @ Miles and Mascara
    August 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Oddly enough I am also kind of battling some training/running problems. Nothing with speed, since that’s always a battle (a battle that I lose, because I never seem to do anything about it), but more of a battle with actually going through with it. I recently posted about the battle I’m having with myself about possibly going through with my first marathon, yikes! You’ll settle into a good long-run pace, you’ve just got to find it!

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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    August 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I have a similar problem with running– since I am trying to incorporate more speed work in my short runs, I almost always start off my longer runs way too fast when I know I should be starting of slower! This morning I went for my long run and made a conscious effort to s-l-o-w down my first 8 miles–it worked but I had to constantly remind myself to not speed up.

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    J. Parker
    August 23, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I so know where you’re coming from! After years and years of cross-country and track, my body has been conditioned to pretty much want to run fast ALL. THE. TIME.
    This is fine when work outs are 5-6 miles but now that I have my sights set on a half marathon (maybe?) I’ve found that the longer runs are such a drag for me because I tend to go out so hard and start to bonk halfway through the run! Haha so it’s definitely hard to see those times inch higher but I know that it’s the only way to get through this mileage increase!

    Best of luck getting over the mileage hill!

    J. Parker

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    Reba- Not So Perfect Life
    August 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    You should practice negative split runs. Run easy the first half or 3/4th of your run then kick it up to your fast pace. This will help your legs understand speed on tired muscles.

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    Beth @ Mangoes and Miles
    August 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I’ve never had the problem where my mind was stuck in 5k mode because I’ve never actually raced a 5k (skipped right to the half…oops. :P) But once upon a time I did attempt to run every run faster than the last, so I was basically sprinting all the time. For me, especially if I’m running in crazy heat/humidity, I just throw the numbers out the window and go by effort. If I can’t talk (to someone else, or to myself, whatever works :P), then I’ll take it down a notch. I’m seconding the suggestion for negative split runs–or even thirds progression runs (first 1/3 easy, second 1/3 moderate, third 1/3 comfortably hard–but not an all out sprint! more like 10k or half pace).
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    Tiffany Dutson
    August 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I’m competitive with myself so I love to see how fast I’m going, but for one half marathon I didn’t wear my garmin and I PR’ed. I think sprints are the best way to get faster. Alternate a fast half mile with a recovery one. You would be suprised at how fast you can go!

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