Recaps continue. Still uneventful. Still kind of crappy. Still not meeting every run.
But this week was better.
Could I be facing the dreaded burn out? Could I have really marathon trained myself into a running/training/benchmark rut? I still feel really pumped up about training and I am still super psyched with all the appropriate nervousness as I move through each week and get closer and closer to that 15 miler, 18 miler, marathon day. But I am not hitting all my miles every week. What gives?
Before I said that life was getting in the way. Life did not really get in the way this week, I did move some things around to accommodate the things that I wanted to do, but it was a decent week. The one day I did back out on running was Sunday. And it was because I was doing something else that just seemed way more fun that sweating it out on the streets for 6 miles.
All I’ve got to say is that I need to be more serious. I have no one to blame but myself. I mean seriously, how many of you will give a flying crap about my training ups and downs if I’m not even doing it. But its a new week, so lets get over last week and move on. Here we go…
What week 4 should have looked like:
Monday: Cross training day. Did it! I had a minor horsey accident on Sunday and feeling pretty banged up. I didn’t think I was going to be able to work out but I wanted to try and do something. So rather than hauling my broken ass to the gym, feeling like crap, and then leaving, I decided to try an at home workout. I mean, people rock Insanity and P90X all the time in their living rooms.
I have had a million workout DVDs collecting dust on my shelves for a while now. So I busted out a Bob Harper Cardio DVD and gave it a go. Cleared space in my living room and changed into workout clothes. I was serious. The workout was a warm up, about 25 minutes of cardio with weights, a 10 minute yoga stretch, and cool down. Sounds easy right? Wrong.
(yes, i did talk back to bob through the tv.)
I love Bob and I love The Biggest Loser, I think my Mom got me this DVD like 5 years ago and I never really used it. Never underestimate Mr. Bob Harper. He will kill you.
Tuesday: Ran 3 miles… at 5am. Yep, you read that right. I had a lot going on on Tuesday and was not going to be working from home which normally allows me to run briefly on my lunch break. So I had to get up and run at the gym at 5am. I did it. It sucked. I am not a morning person. Fitworks will never seem me at the hour again. Unless completely necessary.
Wednesday: I was supposed to run 6 miles but dropped it down to the 3 miles I had on the schedule for Thursday due to a Cavs game. I had considered getting up early 2 days in a row to run, but even if I thought that might not kill me, I don’t think with my work schedule I would have enough time to fit in 6. So a quick 3 before the game had to be ok.
Thursday: To make up for Wednesday’s swap, I ran 6.5 miles on Thursday. It was actually nice outside so maybe the swap wasn’t such a bad idea. There were so many runners out and the sun was actually out as well. The sun. In Cleveland.
I know, I couldn’t believe it either.
But I ran a great run. Not all in the 9′s. But I am still maintaining a pace way faster than this time last year.
(i dont know when garmin started adding weather, but it’s awesome.)
Friday: Rest day! Glorious rest day. I was being threatened with mandatory overtime on Friday and luckily it didn’t happen. So I got to veg.
Saturday: Ran the full 11 miles my schedule called for. It was cold and a little windy but I had wonderful company with the running club. It was not an easy run and our pace was slow. We paced ourselves first of all for some people who are training for a 50k in March. They were set to run 20+ miles so they were taking it slow to make it to the end. Also, the path was very very icy. I didn’t hit any 9′s and most of my miles were in the 11′s. But thanks to the group they were extremely consistent. And even splits can be as difficult as fast ones.
Sunday: Heres the big fail. I didn’t run a single step on Sunday. Should have run 6, didn’t run anything. I think I have run maybe one Sunday since training started. I have been considering dropping the extra weekend day because I have never had a 5th day/2nd weekend day run before, so it doesn’t feel like a big deal. But then I remember why I wanted to change up my training and reminded myself what my goals were, so I am going to really try and get that extra run in. I’m not ready to give up yet.
Total miles this week: 23
14 weeks to go.
How is your training going? Slacking or rocking it? You can make fun of me for being a slacker. I deserve it. Or give me tips, I need those too.