After a couple of not-great weeks following the half marathon, this (lower mileage) week I could tell my legs were coming back, though not really my attitude. I had two great workouts and my long run was solid, though not a knock-it-out-of-the-park kind of run. I’ve been thinking a lot about running and life, why I do what I do, and what I want to do next.
My general excitement and enjoyment from training has kind of stalled out during this past three weeks where I’ve struggled with my long runs. The only way I can describe it is I think I’m getting tired of being on the marathon train. I have basically been training for marathon after marathon for the last seven years, minus the year I was pregnant. I think I am just ready for a different challenge.
This is good timing considering it is the end of the year along with my big goal marathon. The start of a new year seems a good time to start a new habit and to create some new goals. What might that entail? I am considering taking 2017 100% off the marathon. I have free entry to two half marathons, one in March and the other in October, so I think that’ll be it for my two long races. Otherwise, I want to do more 10ks, maybe try one of those 5k races that I have heard of but never done (ha!), and … I want to start lifting with more intention, effort, and discipline.
What, Pimento?? Weight-lifting?! WTF?! Say a few of my training partners. No, I do not plan on doing CrossFit or stopping running. I just don’t want to go over 15 miles at once or over 60 miles/week. That’s still a shit-ton of running, but I am just tired of my life and schedule being dictated by a marathon training plan. All the core that I’ve been consistent about is paying off, though, I have some definition and I feel strong. And I like that feeling. I used to lift in college and loved it, and I think adding three days of serious lifting a week to my running will be good for my body and my brain.
So that’s where my head is at. Coach’s reply? That sounds like fun … Let’s talk some more.
Monday: 6.5 miles on the mill, easy (8:33 pace). 50 pushups.
Tuesday: 9 mile treadmill workout. 3 mile warm up, 1% incline/6 @ tempo (6:44 x4, 6:39, 6:35). Core. Felt SO good.
Wednesday: 8 miles easy outside (8:26 pace). Core.
Thursday: 10 miles outside with 6 x 100m strides (7:36 pace). Felt like a cheetah during the strides.
Friday: 6 miles on the mill, easy (8:58 pace). Core.
Saturday: 19 miles, 7 warm-up, 12 @pace (6:58, 6:47, 6:43, 6:39, 6:54, 6:55, 7:04, 7:12, 7:16, 7:13, 7:18, 7:36). Close but no cigar.
Sunday: 6 miles pushing the stroller. Multiple stops to save migrating newts and to count piles of bear poop. Lovely fall day.
Total: 64.5 miles