I consider it a win every time I get out the door right now. It's dark and cold and lately every run has seemingly been in rain and wind.
And every year I remember how difficult it is to get particular workouts where I am aiming for a particular pace in at this time of year. It's cold so it takes me much longer to warm up. I carry a flashlight and can't really monitor my pace too easily as it is just hard to see my watch. I can go by how pace feels but when I'm cold or it's really windy, that pace feels different. And unless I'm 100% certain of my footing, I have to slow because of poor sidewalks, wet leaves, branches and potholes.
I'm just fine with the easy miles being slower but I do look forward to the workouts. I'd found a local high school track is pretty good for these cold and dark workouts early in the morning. The footing is better than the old dirt track i usually run on and there is enough ambient light so i don't need my flashlight. And the track is exactly 2 miles away which is perfect for the longer warm up I need.
I made it down to the track and started my workout which was a couple quarter miles, then 2 half miles and then two quarter miles at a top moderate/hard pace. I did one quarter mile and felt awful. Stiff and wheezy and barely able to move. It was raining a bit and just a bit breezy but not bad at all. What was up? I didn't know. After a bit of an internal debate, I realized i wasn't going to do myself any favors by trying to gut through this workout. It wouldn't work. I started back for home and barely made it above a slog.
And that was all I could do. Really? I am planning on running another marathon in 2013? I can barely manage a jog uphill after a failed workout. Maybe I am overreaching? Maybe I need some more recovery time from the marathon about three weeks ago? I debated switching teh workout to the next morning. I had been looking forward to the rest day and sleep in. Eh. No.
I stretched well and just put it aside. Let the failed workout go. For whatever reason, it just wasn't my day.
Three days later, I had my reasons why I'd been feeling so blah. And the next day I had a great run. I had to slow myself down and was a minute faster per mile with a lower heart rate. And I'd had the same sort of issues at Dallas. it is nice to have the confirmation too. Yep, I'm ready to be done with 2012 and looking forward to 2013. I'm gearing up for the new year!