There are so many things you can do for yourself to become a better runner. I have been working hard and last week it paid off. I had two amazing runs. On Wednesday, I was very proud of the pace I was able to keep. I was able to keep an 8:04 for a 5K, which is an improvement from what I have been doing. Then on Saturday, I increased my distance, I intentionally kept my pace slower and went 5 Miles at an 8:47 pace. That was the longest distance I have been able to run in quite a while. While my statistics are far from impressive, I am starting from the beginning and working to get back in shape, so right now I am proud.
I took Sunday as my off day and sadly, on Monday morning I had what felt like an awful run. I ran a 5K at an 8:58 pace and felt so discouraged at the end. Despite giving it my all, I moved slowly and felt lousy the entire time.
What differed between my runs? On my good run days I had both a nutritious dinner the night before, I got plenty of sleep and I felt invincible. My refrigerator is completely empty, so I went to one of my favorite Capitol Hill grab and go places, Sweet Green. They serve salads and are a great quick option for staffers with late nights. The night before my bad run I didn’t eat lunch and I had Halloween candy purchased half off at CVS for dinner. In addition to these bad choices, I didn’t bother to eat before I went out on my run because my stomach felt off. I think if I would have grabbed a banana before going out that maybe things would have been a little bit different. I also overdressed since it was cool outside and I hate being cold. This combination resulted in a slow and unproductive run, but I will be honest, I frequently over dress and my poor diet was certainly my Achilles’ heel.
There are so many things you can do to help yourself or hurt yourself when it comes to running and fitness. In this case and many other instances in my life, poor nutrition has been my enemy. I absolutely love sweets and if left to my own devices would eat chocolate and ice cream for every meal, but my body feels so much better when I eat well. So my friends- go off of the “doughnut diet.” Good nutrition is not about being thin; it’s about feeling better and having the highest potential to do well at the things you enjoy.