Pimento’s CIM Training Log 11.14 – 11.20.16

The kids and dog are happy I’m just walking with them.

Well, ever since that half marathon I did as part of my long run about a month ago, my training has slipped. I bombed a couple of long run workouts and, more concerning, my attitude took a major dive. Running is my favorite part of my day; it helps me cope with the blues, with anxiety, and gives me a moment of feeling like I have something in control when other things feel out of control. In the last month, I’ve started to absolutely not enjoy running. My legs ached when I wasn’t running and so many runs felt much harder than they should have. I didn’t feel pumped even when I hit my workout paces dead-on. I didn’t look forward to runs with friends, and I had to force myself to run most days.

I knew that symptoms were pointing toward over-training, but I forged on. I am the Queen of Zen Denial and I am so close to race day. I did decide CIM will be my last marathon until 2018. Last week I had a big week and hit all my workouts and my long run (22+ with 19 @7:17), but after that? My body said done. DONE. No more running. I ran Tuesday, then Wednesday met a friend for 12-miles with 8 @6:50 pace workout and only managed four miles in the range I needed. Thursday’s easy run resulted in two walk breaks and the final decision. I am done training for this race. My body and brain are done. This weekend was supposed to include 18 with 10 at marathon pace, but nope. I am done.

I feel like I have reached a point of extreme diminishing returns, and my hope is that I can rest my body (and brain) enough in the next two weeks to even want to run on race day. I scheduled a massage and decided to tune in deeply to listening to what my body needs. I am not running until I want to. Today is Day 3 of no running, I don’t think I’ve taken three days off in a row this year, and I still do not want to run. Instead, I’ve been walking my dog with the kids, doing core and light weights, and stretching and foam rolling in the evenings. I’ve slept better but still feel exhausted and my legs still feel achy in bed by morning.

It’s been a big year, I’ve PR’d every distance I run; 10k, half and full marathon. I ran a 100 mile week back in the spring training for Newport, I’ve maintained months of 50-60+ weeks otherwise, I paced a friend for 33 miles of her 100-miler, I’ve run countless workouts at paces I never thought I’d be able to… I might’ve pushed too hard. Oddly, I feel ok about it because I can’t regret the fun and success I’ve had running this year until now. I just need a rest and a break.

Two weeks. I hope that’s enough time to heal and reap the results of all the miles I’ve trained this year.

Monday: Rest day, core

Tuesday: ย 8 miles on the mill.

Wednesday: 12 miles, attempted 8 @6:50-7:00. Managed 6:40, 6:58, 6:49. 7:03, 7:08, 7:31, 7:40. 8:43.

Thursday: 8.5 miles, two walk breaks. Core in the evening.

Friday: Walked the dog 1 mile, core.

Saturday: Walked the dog 1.5 miles, core and arm weights.

Sunday: Walked the dog 3 miles, core.

Weekly total: 28.5 miles

I'm an elementary P.E. teacher with a long-term, ongoing marathon addiction.The next big goal? Keeping up my BQ streak while aiming for a 3:10! I write about the not-so-glamorous side of running and fitting in serious training with a family while staying sane(ish).

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  1. I can 100% relate to all the funk going on. This summer I was training for a fall marathon and runs that should have been easy felt so hard, pace runs sucked the life out of me and thinking about running with people and just even getting out the door gave me anxiety a lot of time. Ill be training for Boston and looking at the training as a way to stay on schedule but if I don’t hit the paces, well I don’t hit them. Go and have fun at your marathon, you have nothing to prove. I enjoy a nice PR myself ( which I got at Glass City marathon) but realized it’s not as important as enjoying the process. Good luck and I’ll be looking forward to your race recap.

    1. Thank you for some definite nuggets of wisdom that I’ll take to Sacramento: I have nothing to prove, and enjoying the process is as important as a PR. YES. Damn right.

  2. Wow, I so relate to this! I ending up ditching the last race I had planned this season due to burn-out. But I guess it’s better to go through mental burn-out than to get injured? Kinda? Sorta?

    1. I’d say ‘yes’ for sure. I’m glad I’m not actually acutely injured, like no stress fracture or tendinitis or muscle tear or anything like that… Hopefully some down-time will let me hit the reset button. Here’s to backing off so we ca re-light the flame again!

  3. It’s definitely been a big year for you, and you have so much more ahead. Taking a little breather and pulling off the gas a little leading up to CIM should hopefully help…followed by all the wine and food with family through the holidays. I specifically remember that being awesome part about running CIM….taper and all the food on thanksgiving, and recovery is Christmas etc. Can’t beat that!

  4. Love the massage idea โ€” #treatyoself. I get one every three weeks during marathon training to keep everything going smoothly but also to have that mental reset time. I also have my go-to books that I reread during peak training weeks to help keep me motivated. Sometimes the journey seems so long, the race so far away โ€” especially when you’ve been training hard and racing great all year! That does seem like it might be a downside to CIM โ€” it stretches the season out in a way. No matter how it goes, you’ve had a great year and you’ve definitely done the training!

  5. Thinking of you, Pimento! Hope that whatever happens come race day that you are left fulfilled and content. It sounds like some rest is just what you needed and what better time than a taper ๐Ÿ™‚