You can’t change the wind, but you can adjust the sails.
– Dolly Parton
Last week, my mantra was “it’s just a matter of time” and boy did that one help me out. I have often discovered in training that just as I feel like I’m in a rut, I give in and end up having a little breakthrough. Meditating on the concept of patience has allowed me to surrender to the process of getting into shape and coming back after my long lay off. I’m no longer focused on this workout or this one run. I see each run as a step on my journey and I’m enjoying the ride … well, more than I ever have, anyway.
But this concept of letting go of that which I cannot control is just as crucial as patience. I cannot force my fitness. I can’t change the weather. I can’t squeeze more time out of thin air. I can’t get younger. I can’t change history. But I can get in my training and do the maintenance work I am able to squeeze in each week. I can work on my mental game and stress levels and eat a healthy diet and enjoy the rest of my life. All of this is crucial for success – in life. The running will follow.
So this past week, I did not bemoan being out of shape. I worked hard to not feel pressure to get fast RIGHT NOW! I did my workouts the best I could, got in my miles and surrendered to the process. Afterall, why fight when it’s just a matter of time?
Mon: 8 easy predawn with 3 10s hill sprints.
Tue: 10 with track indoors because it was snowing. A good day to practice letting go of that which I cannot control and going with the flow! And it turned out great! Ran with my friend Marisa at Case Western where I occasionally teach a class. The track was 200m and it took a rep to get used to pacing the tight turns, but we ended up with an excellent workout! 4 x 4 x 400 with 60s rest between reps and 90s between sets of 4. Goal paces were 4 @ 94; 4 @ 92; 4 @ 90; 4 @ 88. Actual: 97, 92, 93, 92; 91, 91, 92, 91; 89, 90, 90, 89; 87, 87, 86, 86.
Wed: It was parent watch week for my kids’ Y classes so I couldn’t elliptical at the Y and I cannot get up to run early on Wednesdays after evening track workouts the night before, so again I had to go with the flow. 6 recovery on the basement mill around 8:30 pace.
Thu: 8 super early and no watch plus 3 more 10s hill sprints.
Fri: 10 miles. Warmed-up 3 with my gal Katie and then we did our respective tempo workouts. On tap: 6 x 1 mi @ 6:45 with 60s jog in between. Had a very solid workout: 6:43; 6:44; 6:42; 6:47; 6:43; 6:38.
Sat: 14 miles. Guess what I did? Went with the flow! I normally would not ever want to do a tempo back-to-back with a long run, but with Easter there was no way I could manage being out for 2+ hours to run even early, so I had to do it on Saturday. Goal pace was 7:30 assuming I had a recovery day and since I didn’t I just got the miles in with my old training buddy who’s just coming back from his own lay-off. Did 1.5 on the trails and then met up for 10 on the roads and then 2.5 more on the trails.
Sun: got out for 6 in between Easter morning excitement and dinner at my in-laws. GORGEOUS DAY! Only bad thing about this run was that I noticed a strange pile of blankets on the side of the road only to realize it was a dead dog! Some a-hole dumped their dead dog in between the road and the river near my house – ON EASTER! And it was a gorgeous day with lots of people out taking walks and bike rides and they had to see THAT! Not to mention, how horrible for the dog – nice testament to his or her companionship. Who would do that?! Anyway, we had a great Easter and if you celebrate, hope you did too!
Total: 62 miles of RUNNING in a crazy busy week! Woo!
Next up this week: a race. Eek!