I’m running three to four times a week — anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes.
I dusted off the pretty Suunto I was gifted for Christmas (of 2016). I’m still getting used to the device and am learning all its features but the main reason I am using the GPS watch is because I need to know how far I am running.
Because I am attempting a 5K trail race at the end of the month.
I signed up for the race several weeks ago and with my PT’s “blessing,” I am encouraged to train for it.
But, what does training entail? It just means I am running three to four times a week and making sure I am at least hitting three miles.
I am slow.
I’m able to run three miles at just over 10 minute/mile pace. This is slow for me. It makes me frustrated and fine all at the same time.
Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever be back to my “normal running self” again.
Will I comfortably be able to run sub 9s in my neighborhood for a leisurely run? Will I be able to knock out a 7-minute pace road 5K like I once did?
Will I ever be able to sub-4 hour the road marathon? Something I never accomplished before I got injured but that I attempted time and time again …
Or, is going out for 30-minute runs with some off and on soreness on my left knee going to be my forever? Will racing be “just to finish” rather than to fulfill a time goal? Will I just never be running or racing long distances again?
I don’t know.
I’m hoping all of this is not my new normal. I’m hoping it’s my new temporary.