Sometimes You Just Need a Slap Upside the Head

Not that any of us ever WANT one, we just NEED IT.  Welcome to my day.  Actually my month. And here’s why.

Having never done a tempo run before last week, I wasn’t sure how to go about it.  Thanks to Coach Krissy’s Master Plan of Getting Black Dog to a 2:00 Wine and Dine Half Marathon, I knew I had to get 2 miles done at an 8:43 pace.  Pretty quick for my short, little, dumpy legs, but still doable.  OR SO I THOUGHT.


After my second tempo run ever, all I wanted to do was bang my head against a wall and call it a day.  I’ve never been a fast runner – at least fast by my standards – and this latest mess just reinforced my quickly crashing 2 hour Wine and Dine dream.  And then I saw this.


And did this.


Whenever things look like they’re headed for the toilet bowl, all I need is to see is that furry little face.  She’s had a miserable couple of days, thanks to her pool jumping OCD.  She just can’t control her obsession with jumping in our BFF’s pool. Over and over and over and over and over again.  And over and over and over and over AGAIN.  She does it so much she ends up tearing up the skin on her pads and limps around the house for the next three days.  But given the chance, she’d still be over there jumping.  It’s that whole living in the moment thing that all dogs have.  How can you not appreciate that?

water exit

Whoo hoo!!

So after seeing that face that was so happy to see my sweaty, nasty, worn out body back home again, it put everything back in perspective.  (Yup, there’s my favorite word again). I may not have hit the times I needed to on my run, and who knows if I ever will.  But I’m sure as hell going to keep trying. Over and over and over and over.  Call it my version of pool jumping OCD.  And if I hit it, great!  If not, at least I’m going to try and have fun getting there.  I guess it’s all just part of trusting the process.  And living in the moment.  Maybe the hubby will even give me a biscuit afterwards.

biscuit please

Please. No stupid pet tricks. Save me a shred of dignity.

Enjoy the ride.

Do you ever find yourself “stuck” in your training?  Do you let it bother you or do you keep getting out there and trust the training process?  Is there something you have OCD about?  It’s okay, you’re among friends.

19 thoughts on “Sometimes You Just Need a Slap Upside the Head

  1. Ummmm…ok…seriously…you need to run with me so you can realize what a freakin speed demon you are! I would KILL for those times! Even for a mile! For the idea of 2:00 to even be a remote possibility!!!!

    Oh yeah, keep at it, good job, you’ll be great and all that other inspirational supportive stuff because you really will be awesome and you can do it!

  2. I get frustrated that it is taking an age to get my speed up but I also struggle to find the energy to get enough runs in a week (which obviously counts toward the first problem). It does get to me & every week I swear I’m going to do more. It doesn’t help that I seem to be going through a period of picking up injuries. My first race is in 2 weeks & I looked at the course today & actually felt sick to my stomach.

    • Half the battle is in your head chica. Try breaking it down into manageable bits. I took the 2 miles and broke it down into quarter mile bites. I just put it in my head to get to .25. Then .50 and so on. It still wasn’t the greatest, but it was better than thinking “holy crap, I’ve got to keep this up for 2 miles?!?” And if you can get 3 runs in a week, you’ll be fine.

  3. Those times are definitely great, and they will continue to get better if you continue to do speed work, tempo runs, strength training etc. My first tempo run, I wasn’t going that fast at all. But I think next time, I’ll be able to go faster. And you will too!

  4. You are totally normal to have tough training runs. Besides, for your first time at speedwork, you did fantastic, so enough of the slapping your head! People who say there training goes well all the time are big fat liars. I hate the bad runs, but they definitely make you better/faster and soon you will be outrunning the pup!

    • I think she has a decided advantage i.e., two extra legs, lol! One thing I AM pretty good at is knowing there’s always going to be crappy runs, but that too shall pass. I’d be much more worried if this was two weeks out from race day, but for now, I’m okay with it, I just have to keep plugging away at it. We’ll see how it goes next time, so tell Lulu to keep her paws crossed for me! 🙂

  5. I feel like I’ve lost a lot of speed since my last half marathon PR and I was getting very frustrated during my last half that I wasn’t even able to run ONE MILE at the pace of my half PR! I am terrible at sticking to training plans and am lucky if I get in all my long runs, let alone speed work or tempo runs, so I have to remember for the amount of effort I’m putting in right now I can’t expect much more result wise than I’m getting!

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