Running Shenanigans (4/9/17)
After a pretty strong year of running, I have to admit that I'm feeling some disappointment and frustration with the start of 2017; I accomplished a big goal at the end of last year, setting a new personal best in the half marathon distance, but it's been rather slow going (no pun intended!) since then.
With just two weeks until The Tenacious Ten, a race that I've been looking forward to for many months, I don't have much confidence that I'll be able to perform the way I'd hoped when I registered; however, I am very thankful that I've been able to gradually add on a little distance this week and make progress toward a stronger body. As usual, I'm joining my friend Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC to share some thoughts from my training this week.
Monday - With five easy-paced miles that felt better than any I'd run since my injury, the week was off to a great start; someone please remind me how important it is to stay diligent with my strength and core work, once I'm fully recovered from this, okay? Sheesh.
Tuesday - Another five miles, through my hilly neighborhood, and while it didn't feel quite as good as the day before (a little bit of lingering tightness in that injured left side), I was able to maintain a consistent pace with no discomfort; continuing to see progress! After the run, Jasyoga plus core work to finish.
Wednesday - This mid-week run is usually one of my longer ones and also when I would normally do speed work; I had six miles on my training schedule and, in spite of lots of sinus congestion from allergies (UGH!), I had a better run than I'd expected. Another day of hamstring and hip exercises!
Thursday - Running rest day! I did two sets of my core circuit and some arm exercises; I definitely noticed my abs on Friday morning, so I'm feeling motivated to do more and get stronger.
Friday - A shorter run of four miles; the weather was fantastic (back into the 40s overnight) and my legs felt much better after a rest day. I'm actually starting to look forward to my exercises now; they really seem to help.
Saturday - WOO HOO! Forget what I said about feeling disappointed (well, not entirely); this was a fabulous run and I'm so thankful that I was able to feel good for ten miles.
I downloaded a new audiobook while I drank my morning coffee (The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy, thanks to a recommendation by Sarah's Book Shelves; also, she is launching a personalized book recommendation service that you should check out if you're interested. She always finds the perfect read for me!) and I'm so glad I did. I was feeling good, enjoying my book, and only switched to music for the last three miles (kind of a tradition).
While the first couple of miles were a little rough, once my body was warmed up and the muscles remembered to fire up, everything seemed to click into place and, without ever looking at my watch (something I've been trying to work on), I managed to run progressively faster through the last mile. I did the Jasyoga Post-Run Hip Reset right after, which is such a relief!
Sunday - Running rest day! Today I'll do more core work and concentrate on recovery with some Jasyoga and plenty of snuggle and reading time (Scooter is my reading buddy). Thankfully, I managed to get quite a few chores done yesterday with the thought of relaxation today!
The next time I start complaining of disappointment, I'm going to try to remember that less than four weeks ago I couldn't manage to run two miles without being in too much pain to continue; I ran 30 miles this week. That's a huge victory. Hmm, I think I'll go have a beer...cheers.
Hope you all have a great week!