Let's work with some dates:
1 week until my half marathon
Almost 4 weeks since my last run
Hmmm, not intelligent! :)
Yesterday was kind of do or die. I either got out for a run and got my butt back in gear, or I could start officially labelling myself a non-runner.
The plan was to run with a friend, but we miscommunicated and she made other plans. That left me to wrestle with my self motivation ... which as you may be aware has been woefully lacking lately.
It took me an hour and a half to get out the door - but I went! It wasn't pretty, I can't honestly say that I LOVED it or that I've missed it. I AM glad I went out though. But, by the time I was done I did feel a little more motivated and it wasn't quite as dreadful as it started out.
In fact ..... with every mile I unintentionally got faster! BONUS!!! I ran 1.5 miles, walked 5 minutes and repeated that for a total of 6 miles. My legs are reminding me today that almost 4 weeks off is NOT smart. The pace was 9:07, but that did NOT include the walk breaks, so it's not realistic. My plan for the race is to run a much slower pace and maintain it throughout the race. Probably walk the water stations or as needed, but in shorter spurts (ie not 5 minutes).
Tonight I'm running again with a friend and will run at a slower pace. I just need to get through this race, it will not be about a finish time.
Friday night I also went with the kids and my niece & nephew to a gymnastics club. It's been a LONG time since I've gone and I'm feeling that in my upper back a bit still. It's scary how quickly you can get out of shape. But I know if I keep to it, it will come back quickly.