Week 2 of 10K Training

I just finished up my second week of my 5K-10K training app but I’m finding it really hard to focus during my runs.  Last week I had some severe abdominal pains (which I’m getting checked out), so I took a few days off and ran today.  I ran about 4 miles in about 48 minutes – which is horrible time.  I was supposed to do a steady run, but that turned into a slower steady run then a fast run instead.

I’ve been alternating between running outside and on the treadmill and I also think that may be ruining my focus.  Or maybe it’s because I haven’t officially signed up for my next run (although I have the Tough Mudder in October).  Maybe signing up for a race will help me get back on my grind.  I start Crossfit in a few weeks and that will give me something else besides just running.  It’s not that I find running boring or anything (I actually find it very relaxing and a great stress reliever) but I just can’t get in the swing of it lately.

Has this ever happened to other runners?  How do you get back in the game?


4 responses to “Week 2 of 10K Training

  1. It is sooooo normal to fall out of the swing. Sometimes there is to much other “life” going on you simply can’t focus on the running; sometimes its your body telling you that you might need a break; sometimes you just don’t want to do it. If your body is telling you to take a break, you should — I generally find that if I cross train (cycling, boxing, hiking) I enjoy running more when I get back to it, maybe a week later. If its life getting in the way, or you just don’t want to — you have to make the time for it and just do it. If its that important to you. Running is that important to me, its my sanity and i need it like I need air, so on the days I don’t want to run I do it anyway. I have NEVER regretted going for a run. Even a bad run. And don’t be so hard on yourself — 48 minutes for 4 miles is not horrible — you may want to be faster, but give yourself a break, I’m sure you’ll get there! Good luck!

    • Awesome advice, thanks. I guess it’s still new to me. I actually went for a short run today even though I usually skip a day and it was great. I tried running a different route so it was like a new scene and it definitely helped. Thanks again for the great advice!

  2. When that happens to me (it happens often…especially in the winter), I leave the watch at home and just pick one of my favorite routes and just go out and enjoy the fresh air and the scenery (sometimes I’ll bring my phone just to take pictures along the way). It’s frustrating, but you just have to find the fun again, and you’ll get back into the swing of things in no time.

    Welcome to crossfit!

    • I definitely found the fun again – right now I’m trying to find the time. Between work, school & Crossfit I’ve been too busy to run. Funny thing is I definitely miss it. Will get back to it this weekend for sure!

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