This morning I got up before work to go for a run. The plan was to do 3 miles but as soon as I started running I knew that was going to be tough. My legs were so tired and felt so heavy. I couldn’t get them to move. I looked down at my Garmin and I was pacing 12 min + miles! I kept pushing and after a mile I was feeling a little better. As I was running I started to wonder why I felt so tired. It was hard for me to believe that just a few days ago I ran 3 miles averaging a 10:55 pace and felt great. I came up with the following reasons.
1. Fuel. Last night Chris and I went to Five Guys and I had a little burger with no cheese, no mayo, with lettuce, grilled mushrooms, pickles, ketchup and mustard. I was trying to be good even though it was Five Guys. Me and Chris also split an order of fries, but we didn’t finish the whole thing.
2. Humidity. When I went out to run I was amazed at how warm it was. Probably in the upper 60s with lots of humidity. I haven’t run in weather like that in months.
3. Hydration. I was thirsty while I was running. I made a vow to myself that I need to drink more water today.
4. Rest. I have been really busy the past few days and going and going. I also wondered if just waking up had anything to do with it. I normally don’t run first thing in the AM. I did walk for about 5 min to warm up though.
I kept pushing and ended up doing 2.5 miles in about 30 minutes. I even walked a little at the end of mile 2. Not a very inspiring run, but it was a run and it was workout.
What do you think is the most important factor in feeling good while running?