Zest’s Training Log – 10.24.16

This week was pretty solid, although I had a dip in motivation about halfway through. Nonetheless, I’m pretty happy with the mileage and consistency. For me, it’s hard to keep up the motivation if I don’t have any races on the schedule, but I’m still not in a place where I feel like training all out for a race would be good for me physically or mentally. Paces that used to feel easy still feel harder than I think they should, which is tough to accept! Still, I managed to get out there and put in the work this week, which I’m pleased about.

Sunday, 10/16 – 6.1 miles @ 8:19 avg. pace. I had skipped my longer Saturday run last weekend, so my legs felt relatively fresh on this run. Still had to pry myself off the couch to do it, but felt good once I did. Lots of stretching afterwards because my hamstring was acting up a bit.

Monday, 10/17 – 4.25 miles @ 8:29 avg. pace. This run felt harder than I thought it should have, but my heart rate didn’t reflect that, so I’m guessing it was mostly in my head. After a few beautiful fall days, it felt like summer again today. Physical therapy exercises, stretching, and foam rolling.

Tuesday, 10/18 – OFF. I was tired and felt like I needed a rest today.

Wednesday, 10/19 – OFF. Physical therapy exercises and foam rolling. One of the strange things for me lately is that in the absence of a training schedule, I lose momentum quickly if I take a day off from running. It becomes tempting to take another day off, and then another one, and then another one. . . .

Thursday, 10/20 – 7 miles @ 8:32 avg. pace. Although I was tempted to take another day off (!), I rallied and got out for a nice run after work. It felt like summer again today, and my effort again felt too hard for the pace. (“Blah!” I wrote in my training log after this run.) Followed by stretching, foam rolling, pushups, and planks.

Friday, 10/21 – 3.5 miles @ 8:24 avg. pace. Once again it was so hot it felt like Florida. I did this run at lunch because it was supposed to storm later, but after the storm it was about 15 degrees cooler and would have made for a more pleasant run.

Pancake as big as my head!
Pancake as big as my head!

Saturday, 10/22 – 10 miles @ 8:30 avg. pace. This run continued the theme of the week, which was that the effort felt harder than I thought the pace should have. I’ve been keeping my watch on the time-only face during my runs, so I know the pace only after I’m finished. If I had had to guess, I would have guessed I was running 30-45 seconds faster than I actually was. I just have to keep reminding myself that I’ll get it back eventually (right???). After this run, I came home, stretched, and made and ate a pancake as big as my head!

TOTAL: 31-ish miles

A former field hockey goalkeeper, I discovered a love for marathons in 2014. I'm a three-time Boston qualifier with a 3:18 marathon PR and a 1:30 PR in the half. When I'm not dodging tourists while running on the National Mall, I work as a lawyer in Washington, D.C. I write about training, competition, and everything in between.

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  1. The thing about motivation is that wanting to be motivated doesn’t actually make you motivated! In the short-term, what usually helps me is shaking up my routine. Running somewhere different, or running trails โ€” I always get excited about running trails โ€” or running with someone instead of solo. And then there are days when I basically bribe myself with either television on the treadmill or some sort of treat (you can end this run at Starbucks and walk back …).

    The longer-term motivation comes back when it’s ready, I think. I haven’t found a way to rush it, or to necessarily explain why it comes back when it does!

    1. Good tips! I just keep hoping I can get my mojo back before it’s time to start training for Boston. . . . You’re right about not being able to force it, though.

    1. Ha, yes, that pancake was more a product of laziness than anything else — I just wanted the rest of the batter cooked as quickly as possible, so I poured it all in the skillet!

      And I agree with you about consistency — lately if I take more than one day off in a row, I find it’s harder to get back into it. But once I get out there, it’s easier to go back out the next day.