>General Running>Anyone in the same boat?
I used to be in the same boat. Just remember, getting your base miles in is important, but if you don't push yourself, you're never going to get better. As my dad told me before I went out into double-overhead surf, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained".
Not a dude
It'll happen. Try to focus on the improvements you've already made. For example, you said you started running in June; that means you are already 100% faster and stronger than you were at this time last year. And, in the 6 months that you've been running, you've managed to improve your 5k time by over 10 minutes! Those are huge accomplishments, and you are doing great. Don't be discouraged, not at all. Be proud of your accomplishments, and try to look forward to the challenges ahead.
Half of running is a mental game. Your mind isn't telling you anything; you ARE your mind, and you can tell yourself anything you want to. Try playing a game of fartlek when you run. Say, I will run fast until I get to that tree, then I can slow down. After you do that, return to a comfortable pace & congratulate yourself on the speed you just ran at. Run a while more, and then play the same game again. You will get faster.
Feeling the growl again
My boat is barely staying afloat. (I didn't mean to make that rhyme!) My best 3 mile run has been 34:36 (my first 3.1 was in the high 47s in August.) This winter, my first winter running, (I started at the end of June not being able to run a minute,) I'm just going to be running 4 miles, 6 times a week. I want to eventually make it 5 miles a day. My 4 mile training runs can take anywhere from the 53 minute range (only did that once) to just over an hour. I don't want to call it running. It is painfully slooooooow. When I speed up, my mind tells me that I can't do it and I subconsciously slow down. Anyone else with me here?
Are you pushing yourself according to the clock every run?
"If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does. There's your pep talk for today. Go Run." -- Slo_Hand
My boat is barely staying afloat....I'm just going to be running 4 miles, 6 times a week.
I think I'd feel the same way if I ran the same distance, pace, and route every day. I like variety.
2014 Goals: Run first trail ultra, first 100K, and see what I can do in a 24-Hour race
Change up! Run a different route. Go at varying times of the day. See if you can run with someone -- neighbour, coworker (at lunch), local running club. If you are on the TM, you poor thing, then vary speed and grade. If not on the TM, challenge yourself to run faster for short periods and then slow down to recover. And maybe sign up for a race in the spring so you have a goal to work towards.
Well, there's always next year.