Updates are fewer. And why? I don’t know. I guess I’m not feeling it, that’s the biggest barrier. I took some time off this summer and it was nice. I did some shorter runs and enjoyed a 5k, but getting back to long distances has been difficult.
I’ll spare you the short run detail. They are nice, I enjoy them. I have been trying to add five minutes each week and I’m up to thirty minutes of non-stop running. It’s a joy.
The long run weekends, however, aren’t much fun. I’m back to the old problem of losing steam in the last mile or two. Maybe it’s a little bit of dehydration. Maybe it’s the humidity. Maybe I’ve reached the end of my patience.
I also misread my training plan and should be further along than I actually am. I should be at ten miles but I only managed eight. Also, my pace is so much slower than it used to be. My eight miler ended up being a fifteen minute pace, but mainly because I ended up walking the end. I was proud of myself for tackling the hills and not giving up, but when I got to the flat and less shaded part I just couldn’t do it.
I think that 2018 will be my year of 5 and 10ks. Maybe that Hot Chocolate 15k. This means no Tom King, no Ragnars, just short distances that barely justify that pizza binge (but I won’t let it stop me).