running question

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    Oct 08, 2012 1:34 PM GMT
    I have a pace I am comfortable with. But each day is different as to how easy it is to finish the mile and a half I run before I do wind sprints. Thoughts or suggestions? I'm starting to track my diet to see how that affects it. I'm pretty sure it is all psychological though.
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    Oct 08, 2012 8:13 PM GMT
    Have you tried taking different running routes? Sometimes a little variety helps get over the mental block.
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    Oct 08, 2012 10:57 PM GMT
    It's only been recent that I've noticed the issue. I will try that
  • neon4u

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    Oct 08, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
    How easy can mean - running the distance in the same time but you feel you have to exert yourself more or time differs on different runs.

    Sometimes the effort needed to run needs to be increased but I still maintain the same pace. When that happens I usually am a bit tired and didn't get the full nights sleep or I don't have enough energy (I didn't eat right) so I have to increase my exertion.
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    Oct 08, 2012 11:13 PM GMT
    Are you doing this activity on an empty or at least relatively empty stomach?
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    Oct 08, 2012 11:24 PM GMT
    Food, sleep, and stress can all effect your exercise abilities. So can how much you've rested since your last run or how much you've exerted yourself prior to running. For strength training, Saturday is usually my weakest point. I take Sunday off to rest, and Monday I'm at a higher level, assuming no other factors.
  • Run4Life83

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    Oct 08, 2012 11:25 PM GMT
    I find that it can depend on the day, what emotional/physical inputs you have had prior to the run (even the day before). Sometimes one pace feels ridiculously easy, other times its the hardest thing in the world to maintain. I know that hydration has always been a big key for me as well.
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    Oct 08, 2012 11:25 PM GMT
    I've noticed that the main factor in cruddy performance for me is water/dehydration. I've never developed the good habit of hydrating properly, and—if the average person is supposed to be drinking 64 oz of water a day without exercise—I was way behind that norm. Try a steady intake of water for several hours before your run.

    Diet and rest will also play into it. Too much speed work or distance without adequate rest can grind you down pretty quick.


  • toybrian

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    Oct 29, 2012 1:00 PM GMT
    It may mean you do not feel as well as you did the last time or it could be the route you run but will not run every practice at the same time but usually close to it..Also agree with the dehydration or an empty stomach because that does it to me...Do not like to eat before a race or practice but love to push myself..good luck to you..