You know how sometimes when you’re training for a race and the entire training cycle goes seamlessly… no injuries, no missed runs, no life drama? I’m SO experiencing the opposite of that these days. For every success I’ve had, life has managed to hand me some sort of setback to knock me back to square one. I have to say, it’s not a lot of fun to write training logs that seem to contain more frustration than anything else! But, it’s just where I’m at right now.
Injury update: Feeling pretty good now. Some IT band/ glute tightness sometimes, but not while I’m running. Still foam rolling, stretching, and trying to remember my PT/ core exercises.
Fitness update/ WTF is the actual problem here update: But really, WTF is going on with my endurance? Historically, my HR has always always trended high as a runner- even at my most fit, I run a bit high. Since coming back from injury however, my HR has been spiking fast and staying there. I think last training log I said I’d just keep monitoring it and also that I wondered whether my recent thyroid medication change has been affecting me. I’m thinking more and more that medication is in some way playing a part in this. I’ll go in for thyroid labs in the next couple of weeks and discuss with my doctor.
Overall enjoyment of running update: To be totally honest, running has sort of sucked lately. Every run I go out hoping for the best and and the best I seem to get is average. Many of my runs have just plain sucked. On Saturday I planned on attempting a long run and I bailed after 2 miles. My body hurt, my breathing and heart rate were out of control and it was a run I just knew wasn’t going to get better. I bailed on the run and joined my friends in the afternoon for a longish bike ride on our road bikes. I felt relief to do a workout that was not running.
So now what? I’m going to keep on running. BUT, I am tossing aside all of my preconceived ideas of what I’m “supposed” to be doing and what pace I “think” I’m supposed to be at. I’m going to set aside my ego and accept what my body is giving me at this moment. What I’ve been doing is obviously not working, so I need to try something new. For now I’m going to focus on keeping my HR manageable, which is probably going to mean taking some walk breaks to bring my HR down. My strava stats are going to be UGLY and my ego is going to try and tell me some pretty negative things. BUT, my ego has prevented me from making smart training decisions in the past, so this is something that I’m going to work on.
So what did I actually run last week?
Monday 4/24: Stretch/strength/core work at home. 45 minutes.
Tuesday 4/25: Planned rest day
Wednesday 4/26: Short on time after work but squeezed in a quick run on my treadmill. 3.5 miles at 10:42 pace
Thursday 4/27: 5 miles outside in the evening. Wheezing quite a bit. Thanks, asthma! 10:37 pace.
Friday 4/28: I don’t even have a good excuse. I just didn’t run.
Saturday 4/29: The aforementioned busted long run. 2 miles, 11:29 pace. My body just felt dead. Later in the day 22.2 miles on my road bike. Avg speed 16.1 mph
Sunday 4/30: Joined my friend Michele for her training run and just let her be the boss of the run. I told her I just wanted to run wherever she wanted at whatever pace she wanted. We kept it easy and took a few walk breaks and it was the most enjoyable run of my week. 5.2 miles, 12:06 pace.
Total miles: 15.7 + 22.2 miles of biking