Every week when I write a training log I think, “okay, NEXT week will be SO MUCH BETTER.”
Well…. I guess this week is a little bit better than the last, but certainly not where I would like to be. Last week I did talk about re-working my expectations for this race and this week I am so glad I have given myself the permission to listen to my body rather than rigidly following the plan. I recently mused that maybe my “running is broken,” as it seems I am struggling to hold pace even on my really easy runs. I think back to last year at this time, following Hanson’s FULL marathon plan and maybe only missed one run total over the 18 week plan. I think about how great I felt and how this time I assumed I would feel even BETTER given the half plan is a little more manageable in terms of juggling miles and life. It just hasn’t been unfolding that way, but to keep it in perspective, before I joined Salty Running I ran maybe only half the amount of miles I currently run and rarely ran more than 30 miles per week. Now I regularly top 30, which in the olden days would have been impressive as hell. Maybe I’m in a funk. Maybe I compare myself to my elite friends. Maybe it’s okay to just run and enjoy it and not worry about my pace. Running is awesome and complicated and sometimes breaks my heart and sometimes makes me feel phenomenal.
This past week started out pretty great and tanked at the end!
Monday 3/6: 4 miles on a humid, warm morning. Stomach cramps like crazy! 11:14 pace.
Tuesday 3/7: Rest day
Wednesday 3/8: My first attempt at speed work in quite awhile. 2 mile warm up, 8 x 400 @ 9:00 w/ 2 min rec, 1.75 cool down. 7 miles total. 10 minutes of core work.
Thursday 3/9: 4 miles on the treadmill. 10:58 pace
Friday 3/10: Gahhh it was so cold! Ran outside after work with Julie and froze! 6 miles, 10:31 pace. Felt pretty good though.
Saturday 3/11: I was supposed to do 12 miles, but this run was HORRIBLE. I have few adjectives to adequately describe how awful this felt. Ran with Julie and ran our usual long run pace, but I had to slow us way down and stop about a million times to think about my life decisions. My body felt zapped and this felt like a hard effort. Ended up only doing 10 miles and considered quitting running forever after this run. (okay… that’s dramatic). 10 miles, 11:29 pace… not factoring in my countless mini stops.
Sunday 3/12: was supposed to do 6 but did not run. I haven’t felt this sore in forever. Decided I really need to focus more on stretching and my core, so I checked out Jasyoga videos and did a recovery video and a core activation video. About 25 minutes total.
Total miles: 31 miles, about 30 minutes total of core/ yoga