I really meant to write my training log last week, but it ended up turning into this post instead. I really needed to let that out. On one hand, I love running to compete, pursuing excellence, pushing myself mentally and physically, but on the other and as that post implies, running competitive is just not the best allocation of my resources (time, energy and money). And that’s beyond the fact that my body still might not be able to handle it anyway. I don’t even know and at this point that is beside the point.
What I can say is that letting it go has felt really liberating! I’ve really enjoyed my runs and feel little to no pressure. I can do other people’s workouts or my own thing or even just not run because I don’t feel like it. Who cares?! And now that all the ambitious neurons in my brain aren’t tied up in running, I am finding myself interested in so many other things and feeling far more excited about what the future holds for me in other areas of my life.
I’m not prepared to say and I honestly don’t believe that my competitive running days are over, but for now I’m happy “just running.”
Week ending 8.16.15
Mon: Kinda worried after last week ended with me feeling pretty fatigued, but definitely felt on the up and up all week! Another 6.75 miles from the Y to the park and back with my friend Julie.
Tue: Didn’t get out until the evening, but did the same thing as the previous Tuesday with 6 x :30 strides in the middle. Not bad, still!
Wed: Slept in and enjoyed a mellow day with the kids at home.
Thu: Kids staying with grandma for two nights! Woohoo! Ran 30:00 alone on the trails and then met my husband for a little over an hour more before heading out for burgers and beers. Fun! 10.5 trail miles.
Fri: Worked all day getting things ready for back to school, but snuck out for an hourish on trails for 7.
Sat: Met friends at the CVNP for some towpath miles! 13.5.
Sun: Off. Enjoyed hanging out with the kids back at home.
Week ending 8.23.15
Mon: Back-to-school week and the beginning of the soccer season (I’m coaching!) meant I was crunched for time. 5 quick miles from the Y.
Tue: 6 miles from the Y to the park and back.
Wed: Insanity! No time to run.
Thu: Very quick 5 before taking daughter to meet her Kindergarten teacher and then volunteering at the school. Being crunched for time meant I managed some faster paces than I’ve run in a while. Sub-8’s. Woo!
Fri: 7, 5 of which with my friend Julie. We averaged about 7:48 pace and it felt fine, probably because I was so stressed out from the crazy week! The first week of first grade and Kindergarten was a success!
Sat: 7.5 trail miles with my early trail buddy Mina.
Sun: 13.5 (maybe 14? No idea because we both forgot watches) at the CVNP with my husband. Did some off-towpath trail running which was fun. He started feeling crappy and crabby about half way so he made me run ahead for the last 5ish, so I upped the effort and finished strong. We reconvened and commiserated on being old and out of shape. #middleagedrunnerlove