Let’s call this week 3 of training again. And with 3 solid weeks under my belt, my confidence is rebuilding and I’m feeling the fire starting to burn again. It doesn’t hurt that half my team rocked out their big fall A race on Saturday. I’m super excited that I’m going to get to finally join my team to race and start logging some of my own PRs soon!
I think the best feature of my turn-around is that I’m loving it again. I can’t say I wasn’t enjoying training even when I was struggling over the summer, but I’ve noticed a marked improvement in my mood when running since (I’m guessing*) my iron has been restored. I don’t feel like quitting my tempo runs. In fact, on Friday, around 1.5 miles in to my 5 mile tempo this thought popped into my brain: this is so fun! WHAAAAAAAAAT?! And then this past Sunday my long run didn’t feel like some epic schlep that would never end and the miles flew by. That hasn’t happened in a looooooooong time! While I had good company, I have had good company and many long runs this summer and still almost always struggled to stay with it, especially through that third 4th of the run. And I still felt like it flew by even though I wasn’t feeling as spry as the week before generally. It’s definitely a mental improvement. I think the (again, guessing on the cause of my summer struggles*) low iron not only depletes the body and makes running well physically difficult, it really takes a toll on the mind too. It was like I was in a running depression or something and now I’m out of it and running happy again.
Mon: 6 early and easy and then a 45:00 strength class later.
Tue: 10.5 with track. We did an up and down ladder with half-time rest. I’ve done this workout many times now. I did it 2 months ago and ran:
400 (89), 800 (3:04), 1200 (4:40) , 1600 (6:34), 1200 (4:46), 800 (3:07), 400 (91).
and on Tuesday, I did the same workout with these splits:
400 (89), 800 (2:59), 1200 (4:28), 1600 (6:02), 1200 (4:29), 800 (2:57), 400 (81).
Night and day! I felt good. Not quite as good as last week, but relatively great. And to top it off, we had a nice little group taking turns leading the reps and it was so fun!
Wed: 7 with the single stroller followed up with a 45:00 strength training class.
Thu: 8.5 with the single stroller, Ginger’s boyfriend James and including 5 x :20 strides.
Fri: a.m. 4 with the single stroller, knowing I’d be crunched for time in the p.m.; p.m. 9.25 with 5 mile tempo in 33:54. Not quite as fast as I hoped, but solid nonetheless.
Sat: 5 early and easy. I was finishing up my last couple of miles as my teammates were starting their race. I was so excited for them and spent the rest of my morning with my phone in my pocket at the farmers market waiting for updates!
Sun: 14 @ 7:39 pace. Ran with Jasmine for the first time for the first 11ish. We averaged about 7:40 for the first 10 and then 6:38 for the last mile. It was her fault. She’s in great shape and smoked me up the big hill of mile 9. After, I jumped in with a group of guys and ran on the trails for 3.
Total: 64.25 and feeling good!
*I’m guessing my issues were iron related because of a) my blood work had soft signs of pre-anemia (high RDW and marginal ferritin), b) I had classic symptoms of running with low iron and c) I felt a sudden improvement ~ 8 weeks from starting a daily, well-timed high doses of liquid ferrous sulfate (you can purchase the supplement I used here).