Originally I was going to label this post Disappointment and yet, I realize that I'm still making progress towards my goal despite my dissapointment.
Running through the summer I thought that although I was much slower, my fitness would still be there and come cooler weathers I would pop back to where I was back in February, post marathon. The fact is, if you practice running slow, you will also race slow. To be fast, you have to train your body to what "fast" feels like. It doesn't just happen that you can run fast. Through all the summer 5K's, all my long runs and my goal paced runs, I haven't had the speed and blamed the heat.
On Tuesday night I ran 800's and I bounced around 3:45's with one being 3:58. John asked me, you were better than that last year, right? The reality hit me that yes, I was. Just before my marathon I was able to run 10 under 3:35 and now I can run one 800 at that pace. Am I really that far away from where I was and I ran through the summer too?
This mornings run was a goal pace run and I knew that I needed just one mile at the goal pace. Next week I could strive for 2 miles and I would build. The weather was the coolest morning and while we'll be in the 100's again at the end of the week, the nights are cooling down. My goal pace is 8:00 (technically I need 7:57's) and I ran a 8:04, 7:56, 8:03 and 8:06. This was good progress since last week I managed one mile at 8:15 and the rest above 8:30.
The speed will not bounce back with the cooler weather (yes it will be easier). I'm going to have to work on running fast and pushing myself. I may not get a PR at the next race but I have 6 weeks to continue training and to work on getting out of my comfort zone.