Confession: I didn’t do a weekly update last week because of my race anxiety. While this training cycle has been all about trying the 80/20 training method and finding a plan that fits with my work schedule, I set a goal 5K race. But I never really thought about it until a few weeks ago. And then: Oh wait—I actually have to run a 5K? Ugh. No!!!
I went back and forth on it a million times: Of course I’m going to run it. I can get a good measure of my fitness. I’ll be able to work on my challenge of getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. I’ll get practice in thinking positively about the race beforehand, which has previously helped me. It will bring closure to my training cycle. It’s small, local, and low-key—my kind of race.
And then: Ugh! I don’t want to do it. I don’t want to be miserable. I don’t want to push hard. I don’t want to wake up early on a Saturday and have to use a porta-potty and stand at the starting line feeling nervous and scared. I should be able to do what I want, and there’s no rule in running that says I have to run races. Maybe I should just stop running races.
When I told Dave about my dilemma, he said, “Oh, you’re going to do it. You’re going to waffle for a few days, and then you’re going to do it.” That’s what happened. The deciding factor was the email I got from the local animal shelter that benefits from this race. Of course I want to support the shelter, and I just had no good reason for not doing the race. So I registered before I could waffle more.
Once I did, I started thinking positively about the race and trying to get excited. And to do that, I took all pressure off myself. Since I had no idea of my 5K fitness level prior to training, I have no way of measuring my improvements and have no way of knowing how close or far off I am from being in PR shape. So thinking about a PR—or any specific time—was off the table. Instead, my only performance goal was to keep pushing when it got hard. Once I decided that, I felt a lot less anxiety. And I decided not to do a post and call attention to my race. I didn’t want to make it into a big deal. That really helped keep the anxiety at bay. I’ll do a separate race recap, but I met my goal of pushing the entire race, so it was a good close to my training cycle.
Until the recap, here’s a combined recap of the last two weeks.
Week 8 at a Glance
- Training mode: Training for a May 20 5K
- Days running: 5
- Miles this week: 20.6
- Miles this month: 33.53
- Miles this year: 360.82
- Strength training: 55 minutes
Easy run: 55 minutes
I had the day off work to get caught up on errands since I spent most of Sunday volunteering for the Pittsburgh Marathon. It was glorious! It was cool but sunny, which is awesome. I then spent the day tackling tasks and chores. It was great to be productive, and I even had time for some reading and a nap.
Rest day + strength training
This was a planned rest day since I had an early meeting. I did 25 minutes of strength training.
Short interval run: 40 minutes
I had 6 1-minute repeats in zone 5 on the schedule, plus warm-up and cool-down. I’m thrilled that all of the repeats except for the first one—which is always the slowest since my body always seems surprised when I want to run fast—were in the 8-minute pace range.
Easy run: 37 minutes
When I woke up and checked the radar map, I saw a huge rain storm was approaching. I decided to hurry out and try to get something in before it started raining. Literally the second I started my Garmin and started running, it started raining. What was at first a light rain turned into a heavier rain after about 15 minutes, and when I saw lightning I turned back. No picture because of the rain.
Long interval run: 55 minutes
My second speed workout of the week was 5 5-minute repeats in zone 4. I felt pretty good while running but was zapped after. This took a lot out of me! This was my longest workout in a while, and I was incredibly tired all day.
Strength training: 30 minutes
I planned to run, but when I woke up I knew I needed a rest day. I was still so tired from Friday’s workout. Instead I did 30 minutes of strength training, then we took Django on an hour-long walk through Schenley Park. It probably wouldn’t have taken so long if he didn’t stop constantly and eat grass!
That night we were meeting friends at the recently opened Southern Tier Brewery. We decided to bike over to avoid trying to find parking. It’s a quick ride via the river trail for us, but I would never have considered it if I haven’t gotten more used to biking at work. Have you noticed I haven’t been complaining about it as much? I still don’t love it, but I got a helmet (yes, I initially wasn’t wearing one) and feel much more comfortable. Plus, I found a new route on the trail and only have to bike on the road in a protected bike lane over a bridge, instead of through Downtown, so it’s really not bad.
Long run: 90 minutes
I want to start increasing my long run distance since mine have been so short this training cycle. Taking a rest day Saturday was just what I needed. I felt refreshed and excited to run on Sunday. I really enjoyed it and look forward to getting back to longer runs. The only thing is that I was again pretty tired after this run, even though I stayed in my easy heart rate zones. It’s obvious that I need more recovery these days. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting older or I’m still getting used to my new job or both, but I’m definitely listening to my body and giving it the rest it needs. We spent a relaxing day at my mom’s to celebrate Mother’s Day.
Week 9 at a Glance
- Training mode: Training for a May 20 5K
- Days running: 4
- Miles this week: 13.4
- Miles this month: 46.93
- Miles this year: 374.22
For my taper week, I did three short, easy runs leading up to the race. I also did no strength training. I’ve been consistently doing strength every week this whole year, and I felt due for one week entirely off from strength. I wanted to really rest up to put my best foot forward (pun intended) on race day.
I have a bunch of posts lined up: my race recap, an 80/20 training review, what’s next in terms of running/training, activewear reviews, and an update on my weight loss (spoiler alert—it’s going great!).
I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap, Steff, for the Pittsburgh Run Bloggers Weekly Recap, and Courtney for her Training Recap. Have a great week!