What to do when the wheels fall off(aka why am I getting slower?)

Ready, set, no.

This was suppose to be the Gate River Run of all River Runs for me because the weather was perfect, I had cross trained and did no extra junk miles, and I just felt prepared. Wave 1 takes off and I’m hitting 9:20 pace, then 9:40 then 10:00…well you get the idea. My get up and go has got up and gone. This was by far the worst River Run since 2009. 1:39:04. Pathetic. So what could’ve happened? For starters I’m not sleeping. I go to bed at 10:00 and guess who’s up at 2:00 or 3:00? A good night’s rest is key-I know that. Then I am not eating right-processed food is bad for your gut waistline, heart, you name it. Yep known that too. I’m battling a run down immune system (no, not Corona) from my kids coughing on me at school. So all those factors contribute to less than stellar performances. Yes I know.

Glad that’s over!

So what now?

My times have been dismal lately. No speed, no oomph. What can I do to fix it? I tried a Final Surge plan-no results. I enjoyed it but not the results I wanted. I’m a square peg in a round hole and what works for someone else might not work for me. So…I’m going to try hill training again. I have been running flat instead of my beloved Acosta. I know when we started running Jax Galloway, we had Tuesday night bridges that we ran. Those days saw some of my fastest times. And when Julie ,Misha, and myself use to run bridges for breakfast I saw some vast improvements there too. Mount Unpleasant might be my nemesis, but it will become my best friend. Follow my progress and see if I improve.

Remember it’s not about the destination it’s about the journey,


2 thoughts on “What to do when the wheels fall off(aka why am I getting slower?)

  1. Good day Mercedes. Thank you for sharing how we all feel at various times during our running year. First and foremost… congratulations on a really strong Gate River Run. A 1:39 puts you in the top tier of finishers. We are incredibly proud of you. You motivate all of us…. when we show up for a run, your always positive spirit is an inspiration. The older I get, the more I listen to my body. Some run days I feel it…. some run days not so much. I’ve accepted that each run is a different run. No two are alike. The important thing is that we are out there. You are a strong runner…. a strong person. You are making a difference. Thank you again for putting pen to paper. Run well this week.
    BRF Stephen

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