Ginger’s Training Log – 9-22-13

Less than a week away from race day. On paper, I messed up my taper. I ended up taking the first three days of the week off and had one final ART session to assist in healing my foot troubles. Truth be told though, I’m not sure how much my foot actually hurts or if I am just projecting my anxiety onto my foot! So, as hard as it may be, I’ve been focusing on just trying to self regulate. Taking lots of deep breaths. Not worrying about the time I will run next week. And not caring about how much running I even got in this week.

It helped to look back at my online running log. The take-a-way? I’ve logged lots of miles in the last few years. And I noticed a pattern of phantom pain when it’s close to race day (no matter the distance). I’m an anxious person naturally so when a big event looms over my head, the anxiety increases. ย Running typically helps control my anxiety, except when there is an unknown event. Yes, I have completed a marathon before. But I have never made attempt to run the whole thing. I think that is what scares me.

So, it’s been helpful to gain this awareness and try to focus less on running and more on basic self regulation, which includes breathing exercises, positive self talk, visualization, and heightened body awareness.

One way to get my mind off things? Go watch my cousin race! Oddly enough, she came to a race or two when I was in high school and she was in a stroller. Also, mad props to her. She earned her first medal and ran 13:55 in mud and trainers!
Another way to get my mind off things? Go watch my cousin’s middle school XC race! Oddly enough, she came to a race or two with her mom (my aunt, pictured above)ย when I was in high school and she was in a stroller. Wild. Also, mad props to her. She earned her first medal and ran 13:55 in the mud and in trainers!

How the week played out:

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Off

Wednesday: Off with ART session

Thursday: 20 minutes easy, no pain

Friday: 21 minutes easy, no pain

Saturday: 60 minutes on trails with no pain, just a bit awkward feeling

Sunday: Biked in the morning with my boyfriend and with Salty on her run. Enjoyed the chats and the weather. Ran 40 minutes in the evening at sunset. Finally was able to feel less awkward and more in control.

Total: 2 hours 21 minutes running and some easy biking

 

I write about mindfulness, mental health, and the professional sport of running with the occasional poking fun at the sport. When I am not running, I'm either helping people as a counselor or trying to make them laugh as an amateur open mic comedian.

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