Upcoming Races- Wine Country 13.1?
SLO Marathon 13.1
Focus– Just like last week- Just keep running, just keep running.
This week felt insane but I am not sure why. Work was a little crazy, trying to get all the month end stuff done, giving reviews, etc but I’ve had worse. It just seemed to take a lot out of me this week. I swear I had trouble finishing sentences. I feel like I need a vacation but I’ve booked most of my vacation time this year around races. So yay but boo at the same time?
Monday- Rest For some reason, I can’t remember much about Monday. I even just checked my food log to see if there was something exciting. Nope.
Tuesday- 3.5 miles The original plan was to work a half day as I work on Saturday. However, one of the employees was feeling poorly so they went home and I stayed. Luckily my gym bag is double prepared so I had clothes to run in work town after getting off. While the marine layer stayed back, a definite haze had rolled in. My lungs did not appreciate it at all. I tried to keep the pace super easy but I was still wheezing by the end. But I was able to enjoy that sunset so score! I also had an irrational moment of tsunami panic but I got over it. We’d had an earthquake earlier in the day, the tide was farther out than I had ever seen it and not a single bird or sea lion was making a peep of noise. Like I said, irrational moment.
Wednesday- Rest day. Pizza day- woot woot!
Thursday- 5.5 mile “run”/ 7 mile stationary bike Miserable, straight up miserable. I took my rescheduled half day and I was hoping to get in my long run so I could just focus on a short run over the weekend. I like to move things around when I work on Saturday. I changed at work and drove back to home town. I had an 11 mile route mapped out and was looking forward to running. But it sucked from the get go. I couldn’t seem to get started and when I did, all I did was wheeze. I couldn’t keep any sort of pace. 2 miles in I switched to run/walk intervals. Except I couldn’t even maintain a run for 4:30. So another mile in, I changed it a 3:00 run. Nope, still couldn’t do it.
I couldn’t decide if I should call it or just keep pushing and stop being a baby. Where is the line between pushing and giving up? I told myself to just get to the next big corner and I could take a seat on the bench there and figure things out. Except there was no bench when I got there. It was too much, I plopped my ass in grass on the corner and damn near cried. I was done. I sat there for 15 minutes before finally mustering up the will power to shuffle- run the mile+ back to my car. I couldn’t even maintain a run going downhill. My feet hurt, my knees hurt, I couldn’t breathe, my legs were rubbing together uncomfortably and my shorts were riding up. I was 1/2 mile-ish shy of my car when I hit 5.5 and that was it. I turned off my Garmin and stood there for a bit. Then I took off my shoes and jogged the remainder in my socks because why not? I was hot (it was 80), tired and cranky. This was one of those runs that made wonder what I was even doing. I went home, and jumped on the bike for some miles to try and ride out the cranky-ness.
Friday- Rest Glorious. I was still frustrated after the previous day.
Saturday- Rest I think this was second most chaotic Saturday that I have worked. I was literally turning people away because I could not help them, we were so busy. I considered attempting my long run again in the afternoon but passed instead. I ran my errands, ate dinner with the family and then took my mom to the movies. We were leaning towards seeing Race but I was also trying not to think about running. We saw Deadpool. And it shows my demented sense of humor that I thought it awesome and hilarious. I can’t remember the last time I laughed like that at a movie.
Sunday- 10 miles Long run attempt 2. The plan was to head out in the morning and meet up with my mother around mile 6. That way if it sucked again I had a large walk break to look forward to. I had also stashed my Brooks in her car so I could change into them if the Nike’s were giving me grief. I slept a little longer than planned so I was rushing to get out the door. I considered putting it off until the afternoon but the more I thought about the long run, the more it stressed me out. I also realized I probably wasn’t going to pull off 6 before I met up with my mother.
I took a slightly longer walk warm up and then just tried to run easy. I turned off the run/walk intervals and changed the Garmin screen to just the clock. I took walk breaks when I felt like I needed them and just kept going. I cut the first part of the run to 5.5 miles so I could make sure I was at the meeting point in time. I also lost 5 minutes at 3 stoplights. The only split I really saw was right after I ran the bridge- 9:15. Typical, I hate running the bridge and tend speed up when I run it.
I wasn’t feeling horrible but it wasn’t all sunshine and daisies so the 1/2 mile walk break with my mom was kind of awesome. Then I picked up the pace to finish my run before meeting my mother back at her car for lunch. I just kept trying to run easy and walked when I needed to. And I tried to not think about the fact that I was now running the same route where I have had 2 blow ups on long runs in the past month. I finished down on the river path and was glad to be done. I was glad I had followed through and made myself get out of bed for my run. And it didn’t suck!! It did not feel easy but I stayed calm and watched my breathing and just kept running. 7 out of the 10 miles were all in the 10 min range which for me is very consistent. Yes, I consider all 60 seconds in that range to be consistent. Long run success!
Low carb– I would say I was around 65/35%. Not too bad. I did feel better for most of the week, so I need to keep on cutting back on the carbs. Cookies got the best of me last week. Oops.
This week was a little all over the place. Work was crazy and I think I went a little crazy as well. Hopefully I can keep my head on straight this week. Fingers crossed!!!
How was your week?
At what point do you decide a run is not worth it?
10 thoughts on “Training Week 9 Recap”
Way to get it done! My week was also busy. It was my highest mileage week ever, and my long run was a little tough due to some stomach issues. I tend to wimp out pretty early if things start to go badly, but sometimes my stubbornness gets the best of me.
Woo hoo! Congrats on your high mileage week! That was the struggle- was it really that bad of a run or was I just being a baby? 4 days later I still say it was a horrible run so I think I made the right choice. 🙂
You’re on it! Lots of runs and lots of miles. I think having races planned motivates you! Wink wink hint hint! I love it!
Races are great motivation! Too bad they don’t cost less!
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I am so proud of your long run – those times are very consistent to me, too! I think you did great, and again,Thursday was a bad run, but it doesn’t make you a bad runner. You honored what your body needed, did cross training instead and look at what the results were, a great run Sunday!
Serendipity, Sunday was the day I increased my mileage and added in 1/2 mile 🙂 It was a good run day!
Thank you!! Silly body, doesn’t it know I am training here?! 🙂
Congrats on upping your run, that’s awesome!! You are killing it lately!
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Well done kicking that long run’s butt! I’m sorry the Thursday run was such a bummer… running is a cruel mistress. Or something like that 🙂 I usually decide to call a run if I’m having more-than-just-a-niggle pain somewhere (usually the knees, sometimes the ankles) and I’m scared of making it worse. I hope this week is better for you!
We runners do seem to punish ourselves a lot, don’t we? All in the name of fun. I ache most of the time so figuring out what is normal and what is alarming is hard. I need to work on listening to it more. Have a great week!
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Deadpool was a fun movie. Definitely an original.
Glad you kept on after taking appropriate rest when you had a bad run. Sometimes runs just suck. That you kept training shows your resilience.
Right? I thought I had prepared myself for the movie but it was more than I had thought. I really liked it though. Plus, movie popcorn! 🙂
Thank you! Hopefully I stay as positive as I can through this long training cycle.
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