Lauren Tucker: Am I the only one struggling?!

Lauren reflects on Week four of the Race to Bayshore program.

Do you ever look around you at the gym, or out on the road or trail, and wonder if the other athletes are having as easy of a time as it looks? I do. I can imagine that so far reading about my journey has sounded like I am taking to this whole training gig like a fish takes to water. I can assure you that is not always the case.

This has been such a great learning experience for me so far. Not just about the physical training for strength and endurance, but mental toughness as well. I look back at this time last year and can easily see how far I have come. Last year I couldnâ??t have run 1 mile, let alone 9! Itâ??s something to be proud of for sure.

That being said, this week has been a little tough.

My training plan has not fluctuated; right now I am building my base. Tuesday was a good run, I got to get outside. And despite the sporadic slushâ?¦the majority of my route was clear pavement!

Wednesday was really frustrating. I had a long day, and had been battling a migraine. But I was determined to run. I got going and from the start my leg hurt. I kept telling myself, â??pain is weakness leaving the bodyâ?? and â??push throughâ??â?¦but there comes a point when you have to listen to your body. I had to stop. My leg hurt so bad that it was giving out underneath me. I had only made it a little over 2 miles. I felt like a total failure. Again, I wonder if others go through this and how they deal with it.

I got back on the horse yesterday, so to speak, and ran my five paced miles. It wasnâ??t awesome, but I was able to get through it. My leg was sore and is still a little sore. I wonder if I am doing the right things and I hope that I wonâ??t set myself back.

The main point of this weekâ??s installment is that not everyone is having as easy time of it as you think they are and my message to you is to stick with it, even when things arenâ??t going perfectly.

Tomorrow I will run with my team out in Glen Arbor and have time with my coach to get me back on track. I hope everyone has a great weekend! And hey, itâ??s Marchâ?¦THINK SPRING!

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