Slowly But Surely


I’m trying to get back to my “normal” self, but that has been taking some time and has also meant me accepting my slower-than-I’d-like paces. I’ve gotten to be more okay with that, especially now that I’ve let go of that November half.

There’s been some runs where I’ve felt, “YES!!! My body remembers what to do!!” and then only to have a run where it’s been, “Why do I feel like I’m running through a mud pit? Is this a Spartan Race? Where am I?”

On the canal, Helly. You’re on the canal.

BUT, I did have a muddy experience during one of my runs a couple of weeks ago that didn’t surprise me given how I’ve felt whilst running.


This was during a group run for my local Lululemon store. Yes, I was wearing BRAND NEW LULU when this happened πŸ˜₯

I had an 8 mile run this past weekend that I so badly wanted to do with girlfriends, one of which was moving away that day. But in my hearts of hearts, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to keep up. I knew that if I tried, I would have yet another miserable feeling run.

So I let them go.

And I ran by myself.

On the treadmill.

It wasn’t a completely horrible run. I managed to do my two fast miles (7:30, 7:25), but holy hell were they hard to do on that machine. The rest of my miles were at a much more comfortable 9:15 pace.

Anyway, so that’s where I’m at. Slowly, but surely making my way…

–Does it take you awhile to return to your “normal” self after a tough training cycle?

–Have you fell in mud while running? Only me?


7 responses

  1. Helly!!! Just popping in to say you’re not alone! I’m still not back to where I was. Ever since my BQ attempt last year, I’ve been gradually getting slower and slower as my motivation dwindles. I definitely had major burnout from that training cycle. My paces are not what they used to be and probably won’t be for a long time. But I’ve learned to accept that fact – I’m happy and healthy and not forcing myself to do all the training anymore. But, I do have Phoenix in the back of my mind for a comeback marathon πŸ˜‰ And I can’t wait to track you in Boston!!

  2. I’ve hit the dirt once or twice during some tough trail runs, but avoided the mud.

    Your feelings are EXACTLY what I’m feeling right now. I’ll announce that “I’m back” on one run and then say that I still have a long way to go on the next. WE WILL GET THERE. πŸ™‚