Monday. Mondays are just tough. I get home from work at 7 a.m. and need to be in class by 8 a.m. That’s just enough time to change clothes and grab some breakfast–IF I leave work on time. But that also means no sleep until I get home at 1 p.m. Once again, I had the best of intentions but didn’t get my recovery run in. I made it to CrossFit, hoping just getting up and moving would motivate me to keep going, but…
Tuesday. I caught CrossFit at 5 a.m. When I came home, I jumped on the treadmill and got in 3 miles of the 5 miles I should have done for a recovery run yesterday. Then, Tuesday night…track night. Thankfully, there was a nice breeze which made running that 8 x 400 meters more bearable. I was still struggling though, feeling tired and sore. But I got those 8 laps in!
Wednesday. Cross training day. I went to CrossFit at 5 a.m., went to class, finished homework and then just rested for the rest of the evening. That felt good!
Thursday. Today should have been hill repeat day, but I’m feeling in the need of rest. I’m trying to do better about listening to my body and not being controlled by a running schedule, so I’ve decided to make today my rest day, especially since I have a 12 hour night shift coming up tonight. I’ll be taking clothes to work to go for a run as soon as my shift ends in the morning.
Friday. Well. So much for good intentions. I took running clothes with me to work, but when 7 a.m. rolled around, I was exhausted. Realizing that I’d been up for 24 hours already, I decided to run later in the day. Bad decision. Later never came. Another run missed. Training has totally sucked this week. Some how I’ve got to get control of my schedule and get those runs in.
Saturday. Long slow distance day. I have to say, I was a bit worried about how this run would go since I haven’t been training well this week and because I went to dinner with friends last night and ate Mexican food. Yummy, for sure, but a little dubious for a pre-run meal! But the morning brought clear skies, a wonderful breeze and temperatures in the 70’s! Heaven to a runner! Trying to run with a heat index of 105 degrees is just miserable. So today was an AMAZING run! I felt great, and those 12 miles went by surprisingly fast. I had enough energy to knock out that last mile in under 9 minutes. This is me at the end of our run, happy and content! So my confidence in being marathon ready is restored. I’m trying to not get too down on myself for taking extra rest days if that’s what my body needed, but I don’t want to get in the habit of just not running because running in heat sucks or because I’m just not feeling it.
What I need to do differently next week:
- Run! To provide accountability in getting my weekday runs in, I joined another training group that provides coached runs during the week. Knowing that I’ve paid for something is good motivation for me to attend. Plus, running with people always motivates me to run.
- Keep trying different types of nutrition. I tried raspberry Accel gel today. Another winner. It tasted great, and I didn’t cramp at all. Soon I need to try adding in mustard. I’m told that’s a great way to prevent muscle cramping during long runs.
Talk to me:
How did your week go?
Did you accomplish everything you had on your to-do list?