This past week was all about resetting–recovering from the past few weeks of crappy training and transitioning into my new training plan. Wow! It was just what I needed because I feel like a new person!
Feeling slower, feeling heavier, not being able to hit my paces, and not being able to follow my training plan for the first time ever all weighed on me heavily. I’m used to feeling like Superwoman as I power through an intense training plan. This training cycle I’ve felt weak and powerless, like my identity has been stripped away. I’ve been approaching my runs not with excitement like I usually do but with trepidation, and ending them with disappointment and the feeling of failure.
When I accepted that I needed to modify my training to meet my body where it’s at, my whole attitude changed. I stopped beating myself up for not hitting paces, and that lifted a big weight off me. And stepping back from the mileage and workouts this week seemed to be just what I needed. I feel great!
I’ve decided that I’ll still make the Boston Trail Half Marathon my goal race. I just found out that the race is a week later than I thought it was, so at least I have one more week to train.
Here’s how the week went down.
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: Training for small, local, rails-to-trails Boston Trail Half Marathon near Pittsburgh on April 22
- Days running: 5
- Miles this week: 27
- Miles this training cycle: 159.65
- Miles this month: 106.6
- Miles this year: 106.6
- Strength training sessions: 2
I did 15 minutes of yoga, and it felt great.
Easy run: 3 miles (36F and raining)
The rain! It’s been raining so much here recently. It was a steady rain in morning, and I was happy to do only 3 miles.
This was also my last day at my old job. Leaving was very emotional! It’s funny how all the negative gets washed away on that last day, leaving (mostly) the positives. It was such a bittersweet feeling to say goodbye to something known and comfortable to start something new and completely different.
I did 44 minutes of strength training, foam rolling, and stretching. I’ve forgotten to mention it, but I’ve been doing great with near-daily foam rolling. My new Saucony Triumphs have worked out great, and I have no foot pain or any other aches.
Tempo run: 6 miles (37F)
I was a little scared to do this run since my tempo runs at goal race pace have not gone well, but I reminded myself that in my new plan I’m focusing on half marathon effort, not a specific pace. I started with a 2-mile warm-up and then did 3 miles at half marathon effort. It went great. I tried to keep the pace comfortably hard but not so hard that I had to crawl during my 1-mile cool-down. I felt really good after this run.
Easy run: 4 miles (30F)
I was looking forward to this run–a sign that I’m getting out of my slump. My legs were a little sore from Thursday’s tempo run, but, what’s this? My easy pace was back to its usual range. Granted, it was the slow end of the range, but I’ll take any sign of improvement I can get.
Later I did 43 minutes of strength training, foam rolling, and stretching.
Long run: 9 miles (27F, with a much-worse windchill)
I woke up pretty tired and not terribly excited to run 9 miles. My Garmin recorded the temp at 27, but it felt much colder than that. I think the feels-like temp was something like 18 or 20 degrees because of the wind. This is where a group run is a life-saver. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have run at all if I didn’t have someone to run with. I went to the Pro Bike & Run group run, and as soon as I got out of my car I feared that I was underdressed. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do all 9 miles but told myself if I was too cold I could turn around with those who were doing a shorter loop. The sidewalks were very icy, and I think I was cold the whole time because we were going slowly with all the ice. I never warmed up, but my feet and hands didn’t feel like they were going to fall off. So when we got to the water stop I decided to continue on for the full 9 miles. I’m glad I did because despite the cold and icy spots, those miles flew by. The magic of group runs! I was so grateful to have people to run with, even if the pace was at an easy effort instead of long run pace.
After the run there was hot soup, peach cobbler, and coffee for a donation to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I had the veggie soup, and it tasted and felt so good!
Easy run: 5 miles (28 degrees)
I met Joanna, Ciara, and Jamie on the North Shore trail for some easy miles. This was another run that likely wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t have someone to run with. It didn’t feel too cold, but remembering Saturday’s cold run, I dressed like it was zero degrees. And came to regret it. I had to take off my jacket and mittens before the end of the run…and then of course was freezing right after we stopped and struggled to get my sweaty self back into my jacket and mittens!
This week is my first week at my new job, so I’ll be feeling out a new schedule since I’ll need to leave for work earlier than I used to.