Or, the week I realized I need to make running fit into my life, NOT have my life fit into running.
I’ve been a “serious” runner for going on two years (there was a looooooong hiatus from running during college – aka: the fat years). And there’s always been this sense of guilt if I don’t get my workouts in. To be honest, I have a fairly demanding job and I want to spend time with my husband. And, no, I don’t include doing work in the same room as spending QT together. While it helps that he’s a graduate student, I really do enjoy drinking coffee and chatting, watching TV, or playing Scrabble. (We don’t have any kids, can you tell?)
Anyways, back to marathon training.
It was another week of not completing the training plan…here’s what what Hal wanted me to do:
|2.25-3.3||Rest||4 m run||8 m pace||4 m run||Rest||17||Cross||33|
Here’s what happened:
That 4.5 mile run on Thursday (which was supposed to be 8, btw)? I may or may not have walked in my door and started crying. My legs were tight, they were tired and I was frustrated. How can I have weeks (plural!) of horrible feeling runs?! Running is my hobby, my passion and it was (is) starting to feel like a chore. Totally not fair, right? So, I’ve made the executive decision to make running fit into my life and not the other way around.
With that in mind, here’s what next week is going to look like:
|3.4-3.10||5 m run||Rest – PTC||8 m run||5 m run or Cross||Rest||18||Rest or Cross||31-36|
And even that plan has to be flexible (expect for Tuesday) because we’re supposed to get another round of deep snow this week. Isn’t it March? I wasn’t getting on Saturday when I wanted winter to be over. Do you hear that, Mother Nautre?!
On a huge, massive positive note – I ran 17 miles…in a row! I may have stopped once or twice to stretch, but I am less than 10 miles away from a marathon. While I may have collapsed into a snow bank afterwards (best.idea.ever), my legs weren’t that sore today. I think I’ve hydrated and re-fueled well today, so it’s back to My Fitness Pal tomorrow. Looking forward to the 18 miler this next weekend. Here’s to hoping the mid-week runs go just as well!
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