5 Emotions when Running Slow (Friday Five)

As I’ve shared in my past couple of training recaps, I’ve been running much slower lately. There’s a couple reasons for this, but they add up to wanting to reach the start line of the Marine Corps Marathon healthy and whole. After learning to use my heart rate as a guage and effort and accepting the whole “train slow, race fast” mentality, I’ve embraced this way of training (for now).

How can running this slow be fun? Seriously, running run/walk intervals a majority of the time and running “easy” equates to being passed and more cumulative time spent running.

Slowest. Run. Ever.

Why the F is my heart rate so high? I’m running an 11:00 pace right now, and not even sweating. Why am I so out of shape?



When can I run “fast”? Just. Let. Me. Run. Wild.


Wow! This feels great! Finishing 3:00/mi faster on your last mile than your first. For the first time ever. Or running for speed at November Project after 10 days of easy running.

10:08, even with stairs and stopping for mountain climbers/box jumps/push ups/lunges


Did I run today? Taking it easy means your body isn’t constantly in as much pain. You’re not drained anymore. You’re ready to go tomorrow. You can run fast the next day and not feel like you’re falling apart.

While I’m not one with a running “ego” – I know I’m slow – I definitely felt so weird running slowly and using run/walk intervals for many runs. I still do. In many ways I hate it. But seriously, I haven’t ever felt better. My legs felt great, I’m less fatigued, and I finish with a runner’s high instead of hating my body for working against me.

While running slow isn’t forever, it’s for right now. And it’s working. If you’re in a place where you’re hurt, fatigued, and mad at your inability to run fast when you need to, I seriously recommend truly embracing running “easy”.


I’m linking up with Mar from Mar on the Run, Cynthia from You Signed up for What?, and Courtney from EatPrayRun DC for this week’s Friday Five today! Check out their pages to see some of the other posts!

6 thoughts on “5 Emotions when Running Slow (Friday Five)

  1. I am going to have to embrace running slower due to injury as I start marathon training next month, but I feel like it might be a blessing in disguise. As you stated, the main goal is to get to the start line, and finish line, happy and healthy!


  2. I worked with a coach for my goal spring half and there were so many easy runs. I learned to love the slow pace and definitely felt so refreshed for those tougher runs! You’ll be pleased when you get to your race healthy and happy!


  3. I’ve never tried this method before but I shall try this once my mileage increases!!!
    Thank you for such a great tip. I felt so fatigued and just didn’t want to keep on training last year for the marathon so hopefully I won’t feel the same way with this new method!!


  4. You’re doing the exact right thing… there is no gain in pushing yourself to the limit in training and getting to the startline fatigued and exhausted. HR is so important to build up over time. Two thumbs up!


  5. I’ve been looking into training according to my heart rate. When I look at my runs, even a slow paced run, my heart rate is high for longer than I feel it should be. Thought maybe my heart rate monitor wasn’t accurate or something. Now that I see your heart rate looks a lot like mine after a run, it makes me feel better. I read an article recently about training by heart rate. I want to give it a try, it’s going to be hard to pull back on my pace.

    How do you like your new Garmin watch? I was looking at that one, but not sure I can swing the price right now. Either that I was thinking the FitBit Surge, that has the heart rate showing all the time too during runs (I think).


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