The week that was had its good times and its bad. I returned to my group track workouts and ran with some good friends. However, I also felt frustrated at the track and in retrospect went about my return all wrong. I also struggled with back pain and came down with the crud.
As I told you in my last log, I went to the track on Tuesday and was torn between two workouts and groups. I started with the faster group, but ended up with the slower group. With the slower group I mostly stuck to the prescribed workout, but ended up pushing the last couple of 800s faster than I was supposed to. That’s all fin, maybe, but what bothers me more than the actual paces I ran, was that my attitude was all wrong. No matter how much I know better, I wanted to go back to the track and be the runner I was a year and a half ago. My expectations were off. I am planning to head back this week and when I get there my goal will be to enjoy the company of friends and get back into the swing of things. Period. No overdoing anything, no trying to prove to myself that I still “got it.” None of that. Go, have fun, do the workout and go home.
I ended up not running on the Wednesday after track because we had a busy day and my husband worked late on top of it. Normally, I’d insist on a post-track workout shakeout on the Wednesday after track, but such is life now. Also, besides the time crunch and general stress, I hurt my back lifting my older daughter in a weird way last week. It usually feels better after running, but it’s been up and down.
I also didn’t run yesterday because it was Father’s Day. I have a new firm, no running on family holiday rule. Plus, I came down with a nasty cold which made the rule a lot easier to deal with. Family stress, back pain and sickness mean life is telling me to take it easy. I have no reason to push myself physically or mentally with running right now. I keep telling myself that doesn’t mean I’m not dedicated or that I’m a wuss. I am in this for the long haul and as hard as it is swallow, sometimes to reach our big dream goals we have to ease off the gas pedal.
Mon: 6 hurried miles on the treadmill at the Y and home before the A/C guy’s window of 10:00 – 2:00. Averaged 8:20′s.
Tue: 9 with track. 1 x 600 @ 2:15 (6:00 pace); 1 x 400 at 91 (~6:05 pace); 1 x 1200 @ 4:55 (~6:38 pace); 1 1600 @ 6:34; 1 x 800 @ 3:10 (6:20 pace) and 1 x 800 @ 2:59 (~5:58 pace).
Thu: 8 easy on the Y treadmill (8:40 pace)
Fri: 8 easy on the Y treadmill (8:26 pace)
Sat: 14 slow, sluggy, hot and sick miles averaging 8:05 (with good friends, so fun though!)