6 weeks of liquid iron supplements and 3 weeks of vitamin D and no breakthrough. Well, not a running breakthrough, but perhaps an attitude breakthrough.
I don’t wear a watch on easy days, so I can really only tell how I’m feeling based on the track. This Tuesday I left in tears, feeling frustrated and defeated and concerned after another week of running abysmally slow despite pushing myself. Maybe it isn’t the iron and vitamin D? Than what the hell is it?!?!?! I fretted for a day. I texted my poor friend Katie who is probably sick to death of hearing me whine and wonder. I googled some more. I emailed Dr. Garlic for her take and we scheduled a phone chat.
We talked and she seems to think I am overtraining. She doesn’t think there’s necessarily a medical reason behind how I’m feeling and running beyond that. I still find it hard to believe I’m overtrained when I haven’t been trained in 3 years, but perhaps she’s right. But it kind of doesn’t matter why I am experiencing this.
Over the weekend I thought about it a lot. I took Friday off to rest myself mentally and physically. I ran a little mini tempo workout by feel on the fly on Saturday and felt good and did a solo afternoon long run, taking to my favorite trails without worrying about pace or much of anything.
What I came to realize is that this is me. I can’t control my body beyond what I’m doing. I can train it. I can work better on recovering. I can eat health. Work on improving my sleep. Keep taking my supplements. Have my levels checked in a month or so. I can try to listen to my body better. Those things I can do, but I cannot make my body respond to training. I can’t make it run faster than it’s capable of. I can’t make it recover faster than it’s capable of either.
I can run. I can run without pain. I can train. I can push myself still. I can hope it will turn around for me. But if it doesn’t, I am ok. Would I be disappointed? Sure. Will I do everything I can to improve the situation? You betcha!
Mon: 9 easy early trails with Marisa.
Tue: 11 with track. The workout was 3200 with 100 hard (~21 seconds), 100 easy; 2:00 rest; 3 x 1600 with 3:00 rest. I did all the 100s in 19-21. The first 1600 I went through 800 in 3:05 and was toast. I skipped a lap and then did 400 in 90. For the second 1600 I was on pace for 6:20 through 1200 and rallied the last lap to run 6:15. The last mile was an excruciating 6:24. My legs were tree trunks and would not go. That was the best I could do. The good news is I did almost the entire 5 mile workout, only missing 400 meters. The bad news is that the 100’s zapped me and I wasn’t recovered after 2 minutes from them and then struggled on the miles. I pushed myself through the workout despite feeling mortified by how slow I was.
Wed: 7 on the elliptical
Thu: Was planning to double up with 6 in the morning and 4 in the later morning, but my son had a nightmare and was up as I was about to walk out the door. Ended up just doing 6 with the double stroller on a flat trail loop with James. My oldest daughter (4) whined the whole time, but got it done.
Fri: The idea of running stressed me out. I felt tired mentally and physically. I slept in and let my older daughter pick our activity. She chose the farm park and we had a great time grooming a horse, petting a calf and dominating the corn maze.
Sat: 9 with 3 x 1 mile on/ 1 mi off. Tempo pace without a watch is exhilarating! Since I didn’t care about pace, I did the hard miles on the hilliest stretches. The first one was all uphill! It felt good to work hard all the way up. I enjoyed this. Not a monster epic impress-your-friends workout, but for now it got the job done.
Sun: 14ish about 7:51ish. I ran for time. I wanted to run between 1:45 and 1:55 and then I’d take a stab at the distance based on my effort and what felt about right. I ran from home on the roads to the trails all around the park and back. I roughly did the 9 I did on Monday with a few slight variations and ran about 2.5 to and from the park. I timed the last mile and ran 6:55. It’s down a big hill, but I’m still pleased.
Total: 49 running and 7 elliptical.