Saturday, August 11, 2007

Nervous Nellie

Had a decent 5 this week and then 4 miles yesterday on the treadmill. I didn't feel like getting up super early so I decided I would do it on the tm sometime during the day. Well, it was possibly the worst 4 miles in over a month. I was just dying and had to walk some of it. I was so down, during and after. How in the world am I going to do 11 on Sunday? I started really doubting that I can do this and it has lasted a while.

Afterward, I started analyzing a bit and realized I didn't eat or drink much all day. I think I got a little cocky and thought, "it's only 4..." I guess I have to keep having these same lessons over and over until I actually learn something. It does scare me a little, so many little things can go wrong and sabbotage a run.

Hubby always does his long on Saturday. He had a rough time today which is adding to my anxiety. Oh man, I hope I can make it through.


Single said...

Good luck with it. My 10 miles was good after my miserable 4 the other day. You know how it goes, eat well, take it slow and you should be fine. You have plenty of time before the big race.


Amy@RunnersLounge said...

I always found that my first "short - long" run after a really good long run was tough. Start slow, stay slow and then find a pool - it is going to be tough tomorrow. But nothing that will stop a woman who can run on a treadmill - ick!

DawnB said...

Thank you for visiting the other day!! You are doing great!! never let one day predict the next!! Goodluck with you 11 miler on Sunday!!!

The Lexicologist said...

Just wanted to tell you don't be scared of tomorrow. I have seven planned myself, which is a new longest distance for me, but let's make a deal to each not be scared. :) Everyone has a bad run once in a while, I guess we've all got to learn to shake it off.

Unknown said...

Hello there!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Treadmill runs are soo much different then out side runs. I can run outside for an hour and next time get on the treadmill the next run, and can't make it 3 miles??
I'm sure your 11 will fly by.

Good luck to you in your training!


Running Ragged said...

I always do worse on treadmills then I do outside, there is so much less distraction then running through neighborhoods, etc.

I am sure you will do just fine! Just take that club with you when you go out. ;)

kate said...

I had the exact same problem with my 4 mile run this week. I had do do it on the TM at work because it was way too hot here. About 1 mile into it I completely fell apart mentally and gave up. After only a mile!! These things happen and they make us stronger in the end. Hang in there, you're doing great!

Scott McMurtrey said...

I try not to look at runs in terms of worst or best, though it's hard not to. Now I try to imagine each run as an extension of the last one and the next one - that way I'm not too upset with the bad ones and don't get too cocky with the good ones. It's still a work in progress though, so I'm not sure how well it's working... :)

I guess that was a long way of saying don't worry about the crappy 4 miler. It won't affect your 11 coming up. Especially with the knowledge that you've already got a 10 miler in the bag. :)

Running Hoosier said...

Nancy, I am sure by now that you have run your 11 and have done fine with it. I am sure that all the negative, scare tactics the uglies tried to use on you, are now as dust in the wind, especially with that big club you carry.

I have found that if you do something enough, you are bound to experience some downs once in a while.

With this in mind, not all of our runs will be what we call good, and some will be even bad.

Now.... If I can only learn to apply that to all of my runs. :)

Patty said...

Since moving outside to run after running exclusively on a treadmill I can't make myself stay on the dumb thing. Maybe this was part of the four trouble.

I came to see how great your 11 miles was, but I am too early so I will stop back again soon to hear your report.