There are a few days left in July, but I think it’s pretty official: it hasn’t been my month for running.
I mean, it could be worse. A lot worse.
I’ve run almost double the amount of miles than I did last July.
I’ve had strong runs, even in the oppressive heat and humidity.
But, in the back of my mind, I look at my miles and think…will I really be ready for Chicago? Should I have downed my Advanced Training Program to the Beginner one, like last year? Should I do it now? I have 10 weeks to go at this point, so it isn’t too late to make some changes, but are they necessary? Am I overanalyzing?
I’ve been able to log all my easy runs and a majority of my tempo runs, but Tuesdays – those dread Tuesdays, and their Speed demands…have alluded me. I’ve tried waking up before dawn, only to be thwarted by humidity, storms and bugs flying toward my headlamp and into my face. I’ve tried treadmilling at the community gym – and had to battle it out to keep my spot for more than an hour (when the machine automatically stops) or meatheads start irritating me.
I know many of these issues are trivial, and even laughable ones, but sometimes, a vent helps a lot! Ahhhh…I feel better already.
So, watch out August, I am ready to PUSH!
What do you do in a running semi-slump?