For the past six weeks I have been following the Hal Higdon Intermediate 2 half marathon training program. I have strictly been following the daily runs; crossing off each 3 mile, sprint, and tempo run. This past weekend I was scheduled to do an eight mile long run. At mile six, not only did I not hit my desired pace, I felt awful, I was winded, I was tired and my legs were cramping. It was in that moment of misery it occurred to me…
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEVER GET BETTER?
Is it possible that this is it for me? This is my best pace, my farthest distance, the most comfortable I will ever be? Faced with this possibility I thought to myself, I have two choices…to keep running and embrace my current status, or find a new hobby.
The thought of completing a twelve week program with only the most marginal improvement is discouraging. But what’s a runner to do? Can I keep putting myself through this if I never get better? The competitor in me says “No” but the Mom in me says “Absolutely!”
I run because of how it makes me feel. I run to clear my mind, to relieve stress, to set a good example for my daughters, and to stay healthy. So even though I may not be improving, I’m still meeting and accomplishing some life goals.
Quitting is not an option, but let’s be honest I’m frustrated and plateauing. Feel free to offer any great advice you have!
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