I made a very important observation. When going through a rough patch with training, but feeling relatively a little better, going and and putting in one of your hardest weeks of training is probably not smart. For all the relative awesomeness of last week, I think I just dug myself a deeper hole. I felt super tired on my Monday run and my track workout was a train wreck. It was as bad a workout as I’ve had. I felt shaky and weak from the pre-workout strides. We did an up and down ladder workout which I’ve done some version several times before. It’s definitely hard, but is also doable and a workout I enjoy. During the second rep, when I felt like I was flying and only running 3:04 for an 800, it suddenly occurred to me that I might be doing more harm than good by pushing through these workouts even when feeling bad. Did I stop?
Up until this week, I had resolved to push through my training and just do my best. If my body was revolting and not letting me run goal pace, then I’d run my best whatever it was, but get the workout done. I carried that attitude to Tuesday’s track workout and pushed through. It was ugly. Goal was 5:55 pace for 400, 800, 1200, 1600, 1200, 800, 400, 800. I ran 89, 3:04, 4:4x 6:34, 4:4x, 3:07, 90 maybe (forget exactly), 2:57 (this was all out after a 4:00 rest). On Wednesday, I felt horrible. Exhausted, achy, cranky … pretty miserable, actually! I ellipticalled for 6 miles. Even that felt taxing. I finally decided to try something different. Pushing through is clearly not helping me. I took Thursday off from running and just went to my strength class. I attempted my tempo early on Friday, but bagged that when it felt bad and was not improving. Took Saturday off and just ran 12.5 of my scheduled 15.
So instead of pushing through my new plan is to recover, keep up with my iron supplements and consult my doctor about what else could be going on. Just looking at my training logs, it seems like something happened between last summer and this spring when I stopped training and then restarted training. Last summer, I was getting back in shape and training was definitely challenging, and I was struggling with back pain from my diastasis recti (separated abs) but I definitely was feeling like my old self fitness-wise. Even in early December, I ran a really solid trail race. Something has happened in the meantime, and since I started back training I have yet to feel like my old strong self. It certainly is frustrating and I’ve definitely been very down about it at times.
But what can I do? I can bemoan it and complain. I can fear it and play the “what-if” game. I can freak out. But none of that is going to change things. Or I can accept it and take it one day at a time and make the best decisions I can along the way to get better.
Mon: 7 early and easy.
Tue: 10 with track.
Wed: 6 elliptical.
Thu: no running. 45 minute strength class.
Fri: 9 miles with 1.25 at “tempo”
Sun: 12.5 averaging in the 7:30’s with KN and Saffron!
Total: 38.5 running and 6 elliptical