The last few weeks have been proof that you can run consistently and still feel bad about running. I find myself asking when my confidence will come back. Will it ever? Does anyone else wonder if the soreness and achiness is in your head?
I miss making plans and signing up for races. Not beer pressure, drunken, sign ups, although I’ve done that a time or two, but I miss saying “yeah, I’ll run this race” and going home and registering. I don’t have the guts to register early, I don’t write my weekly workouts in my planner on Sunday nights anymore, and every plan to run with a friend now has an asterisk beside it.
Yeah, I’ll be there **if I’m not injured**
I’ve only missed one planned run since I started again- an easy day I opted to Arc Trainer instead as a precaution. I just *feel* like an injury is bound to happen- and I’m tired of the feeling.
|Monday||6.3 miles easy|
|Tuesday||7.75 miles (treadmill intervals) + 60 min. yoga|
|Wednesday||45 min. strength (lower body) + 5.2 miles (pub run)|
|Thursday||7.2 miles, including Race the Landing 5K (22:11)|
|Sunday||10 miles + 60 min. BodyFlow|
Despite the mental anguish, I had an awesome week of training. I kicked it off with an easy run on Monday, followed by some Tuesday treadmillage. I ran intervals of 4 minutes on, 1 minute off.
We normally do track workouts on Wednesday but cancelled because most people couldn’t make it due to work, travelling, or life circumstances. I’m not into doing a workout on Wednesday and a race on Thursday, so I opted for the Fleet Feet Summerville pub run.
The pub run was at Montreaux, and we got there early to run a few miles before and try out the Addaday rollers and CEP compression socks. I wish more group runs had foam rollers and recovery tools. I’ve run a few races that had an area for this and think it’s a great idea.
The pub run had a good crowd and gave out prizes. It was a nice change of pace (literally) because Melissa and I took it pretty easy.
Besides the pub run, I spontaneously decided to run Race the Landing on Thursday night. Most years, I sign up for the entire series as soon as it opens, but with the injuries in the past six months, I’m opting to be a race-day (or week of) registrant for awhile.
The series has five 5K races and it’s a lot of fun, but I want to spread some love to other races this year. I plan to volunteer at the other Race the Landing events, and who knows, maybe I will run one more this summer.
I’ll write more about Race the Landing this week, but I ran a 22:11- my fastest 5K post-injury, and I placed third overall female. It’s far from my best time on that course, but I finished without any new injuries and didn’t meet any paramedics, so I was pleased.
I took Friday off completely. It was my first complete “zero day” since March (I did not work out on the day of the Myrtle Beach Marathon because I was busy pit-crewing for my friends). I had a busy day at work and finished up two projects, but spent the afternoon catching up on Netflix and eating like I ran a marathon even though I’m nowhere near running even a half marathon.
In the end, it’s better safe the sorry. I had runs planned for the weekend and didn’t want to increase my mileage TOO much this week since I did both a speed workout and a race.
This weekend was gorgeous and probably our last cool weekend until September (if we’re lucky) or most likely October. I ran in Mt. Pleasant and up the Cooper River Bridge on Saturday and have never wanted to quit a run so much. The headwind was so strong that the one mile stretch up the bridge was 75 seconds slower than my average pace for the 8 miles. If there wasn’t a rail between the bridge and the water, my run would’ve turned into a dualthon because I’d blow into the Cooper River.
Saturday’s temperature was 57, so everyone on the bridge was dressed for the arctic tundra. Any time it dips below 70 here, people in Charleston wear clothes they have no business owning- like running tights. A walker was wearing a hoodie that said “Winners believe in themselves, even when no one else does”. It was the perfect quote at the perfect time and I kept that phrase on my mind for the rest of the run. It’s tough runs like this that make us stronger, physically and mentally.
Sunday’s long run was beautiful- 61 degrees and 72% humidity. That’s the kind of training weather you want to bottle up for year round. I ran with the Hampton Park group and logged my second 10 miler post-injury. It was much easier and more enjoyable than last Sunday’s hot run. I know we have plenty of hot runs coming over the next few months, but it’ll be worth it to log faster times this Fall.
After the run, Emily and I went to Harris Teeter and got our super double coupon deals. Needless to say, I’m pretty stocked up on K-cups and MIO now, and I only spent about $13 on the haul.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!