So, this week I took a big step but backward in the world of training for an ultra. At the end of last week’s training log, I was vaguely motivational referencing pushing through, etc, yada yada yada. It took some serious reflection and conversations with Coriander to realize that I so badly wanted to want to run that I actually thought I wanted to be training right now.
But I don’t. I don’t think I’m overtrained (yet), but I do think that I overreached so much that I’m dangerously close. And frankly, I don’t want to be training for a (miserable, painful, long) ultra right now. I want to be crossfitting, climbing, and teaching yoga. And running, sometimes, but not for very long, and not very often.
But let’s step back a bit. A few months ago I talk about choosing the crossfit endurance plan. And, frankly, it worked. I won a real race. But then I started making my usual mistakes. I didn’t take time to recover. And even worse, a few weeks ago I started to doubt the high-intensity, low mileage plan that had worked so well for me. I decided, on my own, without consulting the proper authorities (read: Salties), that I should combine my crossfit endurance workouts with Hal Koerner’s 50M ultra plan. That’s right, I decided it would be a good idea to do a high intensity plan combined with a high mileage plan.
Yes, I deserve what came to me. Because running 60+ miles at a high intensity for 5 of the 7 runs is ridiculous. I did just fine, sure, but I haven’t felt the same since. Combine that with some incredible pressure-filled weeks at work, and now I can’t sleep and dread the thought of racing, even running some days.
So I’m going back to the basics. I signed up for Crossfit Endurance coaching (which means that I can’t publish the specifics of my crossfit workouts here any more), and I’m going back to the plan. I’m also not going to race against this year, and maybe not ever. That’s okay (really, it is). I’m training to be the best me I can be, and right now, that means kicking ass at work, managing my stress, and being a good Salty, sister, and friend. Priorities, man, priorities. I got ’em and I’m going to stick to them.
Monday: 5 miles total. 8x200m at 6:20 pace, 200m recovery. Still not feeling amazing, but able to hit the target paces. 1 hour of climbing after work. Crossfit strength: 3×10 squats
Tuesday: 5 easy miles (10:00 pace). Crossfit after work: Conditioning workout.
Wednesday: 5.5 miles total. 4×4:00 at 7:20 pace, 3:00 recovery. Great run, but was ready to be done at 5.5 miles. Note: When I don’t have crossfit after work, I get sad. And instead I had a really disappointing massage. But on the bright side, it was national kale day and I got to wear my kale t-shirt to bed. #winning
Thursday: 5.5 miles total, easy pace (9:40). Crossfit strength after long day of meetings.
Friday: Really struggling to want to run (and why would I run, it was a planned non-running day?!?!). Thank goodness for Salty’s pep talk, and remembering that I’m paying someone to tell me what to do. Did some very easy elliptical to get things moving, then climbed in the afternoon. I was tempted again to do a crossfit workout in the evening, but again WHY (answer: because I didn’t run today, I must need more exercise). This is ridiculous, so I wrote this training log instead. And it helped me to remember, again, that I’m paying someone to tell me what to do. To ignore them would just be wasteful.
Saturday: Long-intervals run of the week. 7 miles total, 2×20:00 at 8:00 pace. Slower than they should have been, but I’m still recovering. HR was in the right place (average: 150), so I’m happy.
Sunday: 3 miles of easy running (legs felt like lead, so didn’t push it). 30 minutes of climbing after.
Total: 31 miles. Climbing. Crossfit.
And that’s all she wrote.