Back when I started my Instagram account 2.5 years ago I made a promise to myself, and later to the IG world at large, that I would remain transparent. I’d take you through the highs of training, as well as the lows. With that being said, it felt imperative that I share on here the struggle I’ve had with running these past 2 months.
Today I want to discuss what I consider to be one of the cornerstones of any training plan: the tempo run. I’m sure you’ve heard that term being tossed around, even if you have no clue what it means. And there’s also a good handful of runners out there doing tempo runs, but they’re doing them incorrectly.
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Some days are hard. And I don’t mean just running. You know those days when you wake up and by the time you’ve brushed your teeth you feel the stress of the day crashing over you already? Sometimes it manifests as a tough day at work. A lot of times it leaks over into my run. And those really bad days? I’m still feeling off when I’m spending time with my family in the evening.
Sunday morning I woke up at 4:30 am, getting only about 5 hrs of sleep. Race nerves & loud hotel neighbors kept me up, but I banked extra hours the week leading up to this so I wasn’t too worried. We arrived on campus around 5:50 am. Matt dropped me off and I walked toward the starting area. So far, everything was going smoothly! After a few bathroom stops, light stretching, and meeting up with Alisa (@alisakasprzak) I finally headed into the starting corral with just a few minutes to spare. At this point, all of the nerves from earlier in the week had started to subside. I felt fairly calm, and mostly just anxious to start this thing already.