This is my fourth week of training now. I honestly cannot say it’s any different yet than when I was training for a 5k, especially towards the end of training where I’m running just as long just as often as what I’ve been doing now. But something just feels different. I feel better.
Maybe because I’m getting faster? I was stoked when we did our 1 mile run and I got in just under 14 minutes, and yesterday I did my last half mile in 6:25, so basically a pace that’s better than a minute a mile off. I saw that time and I didn’t want to stop running.
Though if I stop and think about it I’m not sure I can call a 13 minute mile pace faster because that implies fast to begin with. But it does sound better than less slow, so I’ll stick with faster.
Maybe it’s because I’m paying so much more attention to nutrition at this stage than I did. Okay, even that sentence is misleading because that implies I paid attention to nutrition at all before, at least in relationship to running. I do find myself consciously looking at food differently and thinking in terms of how it will make me feel running.
And maybe it’s just this whole blogging thing. I’m getting comments for gosh sakes! Okay, I think it was one comment, but still, it’s a comment. It’s not all crickets. It’s not so much that I guess as it is feeling more part of a community. I’ve been finding other blogs of people who are setting out like I am to try something they never would have thought possible. I’m enjoying the community of being part of the class and doing the group runs. All of this has an incredible way of motivating.
Whatever it is, maybe it’s a combination of all those things, I’m feeling so much more motivated and excited about running. I’m looking forward to getting out there rather than thinking oh crap, is it running day again?
But that’s what makes it so hard to follow the advice I’ve received: Trust the rest time. It’s a beautiful morning and I want to go run again, but it’s a rest day. I’m chomping at the bit really.
Or maybe it’s those chia seeds I picked up yesterday.
I wonder if I’ll feel this way before the race in September?
I know the reasons for resting. There’s all this stuff out there that has shown that taking the time to rest at the right times does as much to bring you along and keep you going as any other part of your training. Maybe even more.
I get that. I see it out there, and I think maybe God knew what he was doing when he said take time to rest.
I also get why he actually HAD to say it.
Trust the rest. Trust the rest. Trust the rest…….
It’s still so early in the training – it shouldn’t hurt to go out now, should it? I know, I know… trust the rest. That, and some other good advice I’m getting is that some of the value of training is not just building up the endurance to run longer, but to build up the patterns and behaviors that will be so important when it’s time for the really long runs.
Okay. I’ll trust the rest. But so help me if I find out that the rest isn’t as necessary as I have been led to believe, heads will roll!