This is a subject that I think every runner has pondered at least once during his or her running career. What in the world causes these spectacular runs and these terrible runs? I had the most spectacular 4 mile run this morning. It was an easy run day ( I am trying to stay in training for another Half marathon in September) so I started out at what I thought was a leisurely pace, which for me is about 13min or more per mile. I am feeling great, just running, not doing my walk/run. I wore my watch, but didn't really pay much attention to it, just wanted to make sure I did the 4 miles. I never slowed or felt like I needed to slow down....the whole run was absolutely effortless! When I was done I did look at my watch and I ran the whole 4 miles in 50 minutes! That is a little over a 12 min. per mile pace, which for me is fantastic! I have not run 4 miles without any walking in a long time. I had a 3 mile run like this a few days ago also. Problem is, I had the most awful run I can remember just a week or so before. So what causes this phenomenon? I don't change anything. I get the same amount of sleep, eating habits are the same, work is the same. Some days I go out the door and the minute I take one step, I know it is going to be a bad day, then there are those days like today. What the heck? Why don't I ever have days like that when I am doing a 5K or a Half? I have never felt that good during a race, never! I have noticed that the really good runs usually take place when I don't feel like going, but force myself out the door, probably to make me realize that I should be running!
Anyway, I just wish there was a way to bottle whatever it is that causes these great runs, because I could sure use it! I have had some pretty miserable moments during my Half marathon career. I realize running 4 miles and running 13.1 miles is a lot different, but you know what I mean. If I could figure this out, I would probably become famous! There just seems to be no rhyme or reason, just go with the good runs and be thankful!!!!