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Everything was going great!!! (see my signature) long run 9 miles 2 days ago. My first half is the 26th (10 days away) Today i went out to do a nice 5 miles. IT SUCKED!! My legs never got loose. I had to walk by mile 4 and on and off the rest of the way. My pace was 1:30 off my normal. All I can think is my diet yesterday was Terrible to say the least. Way to many calories and sweets. Any ideas. I thought I was doing great but now Im so sore ...it was not fun....Mike
Started running July 1st 2011
First 5k Sept 3rd 2011 time 34:39
Second 5k Oct 1st 2011 time 30:11
Oct 8th 2011 Mackinaw Bridge 5.6 miles time 56:42
Third 5k 11/24/11 Dork Brothers Turkey Trot 5k Alpena, MI time 27:40
Fourth 5k March 17th 2012 Dork Brothers St Paddy day 5k Alpena, MI 30:25
Ffifth 5k April 28th 2012 Autisim speaks run/walk Rogers City,MI 27:40
First Half Marathon, May 26th 2012 Bayshore Marathon Traverse City MI. 2 hrs 22 Mins
Current Weight 225#
Shooting for Half Marathon in May 2012 *********** I did it !!!!!
June 9th 2012 Mackinac Island Lilac fest 10k 1:04:02
July 4th 2012 Dork Brothers run 5k 29:45
Aug 4th 2012 Nautical fest Rogers city 6k 44:44 with a 12:05 pace with daughter Melissa as her eyes
Aug 25th 2012 Crim race flint 10 mi 02:04:57
Current Weight 240#
Sept 1 2012 Aliferis 5k Alpena 36:13 with daughter Melissa (who is blind)
Sept 3rd 2012 Govenors Mackinac Bridge run 4.33 miles 44:16 with a 10:13 pace, with daughter Amanda...we rocked it!
oct-dec 2012....no running ...weight Jan 1 2013 275# started running again!!
March 16 2013 Dork brothers Run with the leprechauans 5k Alpena 33:02 pace 10:18 weight 255#
May 1 2013 Current Weight #245......Boo!!! got get going on it!!!
May 18 2013 Rogers City Autisim 5k....36:30 with Melissa and Amanda
May 25 2013 Mackinac bridge 5.25 mile 50:39 with a 9:39 pace NEW PR !!!!! Weight still 245#
I'd just chalk it up to a bad day. Everybody has those. It might have been diet, hydration, temperature, humidity, or any of a zillion other factors that affect your run.
Don't let it damage your confidence. If you've put in the training, you've got nothing to worry about. Some days you can blow through a ten miler and feel on top of the world, other days you'll struggle to run 50 feet. That's just the way it goes sometimes.
Good luck with your half!
2012 Race Schedule
Providence Marathon (4:48:55)
Buffalo Half-Marathon (2:03:16)
Chicago Marathon (October 7)
I agree with the other comments. It is not uncommon to have slower days in training or to suddenly feel exhausted and perform below our expectations. Just know that it is totally normal and is sometimes difficult to pinpoint a particular cause.
My only concern is that it would seem you are going straight from the 5k (with one 8k) directly to the half. That is a big leap, even with a long run of 9 miles, so remember to start out slow and do a walk/jog/run combination as you feel most comfortable.
Have confidence in finishing and enjoy the event.
Wishing you all the best for future happy miles!