If you’re going to have a crazy roller coaster anxiety and emotional filled week, I guess cutback week is a good time for it. It was just one of THOSE weeks. The cold snap really got to me this week on top of hormones and anxiety rearing their ugly heads and I struggled. It happens, it’s life, but still sucks when you’re in the throes of it. Tuesday evening was probably the worst of it, where I ended up flipping out about something small (I actually threatened my watch to flush it down the toilet) and just couldn’t shake it and it snowballed into being worked up about actual life things. By the time I got out for my run well later than planned, there was just no way I was going to get my workout in. I mustered up about 30 minutes in cold wind and getting pelted in the face while trying to use the run to “cool off” mentally (didn’t work).
Wednesday I felt a little better but still not great. Hormones really picked up piling on, and when I started my evening run again I knew it wasn’t going to be a good time for my tune-up still so just ran easy. Finally on Thursday I was able to have a good run. I didn’t want to do the original workout since I was now 2 days closer to the race. I changed it up and did 5 mile easy progression and then finished with 4 x 400 just to try and bust off the rust. Friday was easy miles with some strides as race prep.
I’m still kind of processing the race, but overall it was a big success. Less about the time (though, it was an all time 2 second PR) but more about how I got there, where I am currently at, and what it means to me going forward. The short story is that I ran hard and consistent, and came in a very unexpected 2nd place (usually I’m lucky if I crack top 10 at this race). I had so much fun, and was surrounded by friends and family (My mom ran too!) and got to share my medal with the cutest cheerleader ever.
I had to work all weekend at my part time job, so it meant a lot of time on my feet after the race and the day following. While it does make me more tired, it does help prevent me from getting too stiff or tight after hard efforts. I woke up Sunday feeling good post race, and went for my afternoon long run with a goal of finding all the hills. I ended up with about 994ft of gain (per Strava) and was faster than I anticipated but ran easy and controlled so I don’t feel like I over did it on that end. Then again, went to work later in the evening which helped my legs recover walking around.
Monday: 4 post-work recovery treadmill miles (8:36 avg)
Tuesday: 3.5 blergh miles (8:34 avg)
Wednesday: 4 Easy late evening treadmill miles (7:48 avg)
Thursday: 7 post-work treadmill miles (7:33 avg) – first 5 easy progression, then 4 x 400 (89,88,88,85)
Friday: 4.1 Easy miles (8:01 avg) + Strides (5:02 avg)
Saturday: Warm-up + Johnny’s 5 Mile Race (31:01)
Sunday: 15.5 mile long run chasing all the hills (7:36 avg)
Week Totals: 45 Miles
Beers Drank: Innis & Gunn Kindred Spirits
Baby Milestones: Third Tooth, First St. Patrick’s Day, more progress on standing solo!
Good Riddance to last week though, so glad for a new week and back to building!