Wow. Not really the response I was expecting about my run yesterday. I figured that many of you would agree with me that running 20 miles after the past few weeks I had was dumb and tell me that I was being a bit foolish to keep pushing my body. Maybe I picked the wrong word. I think it was Amarathoner who said that it wasn’t dumb just ill advisable. True. In either case I truly appreciated all of your words and it was so nice to “hear” that you guys don’t think I’m dumb for yesterday. In short, please keep reading and commenting because you guys always surprise me. 🙂
I feel like I am learning so much from you guys. Not only in training but in perspective. I love reading your take on how my training is going because you’re not biased in this. Or at least not tooo much. Sometimes I think I’m too close to my training to be all that objective.
Just to clarify though: I wasn’t really apologizing per se about the run. I have no regrets at all because it was a confidence booster to me and it felt really good. I think that if I was hurting during it or if the run was struggling and I pushed extra miles it would be a different story and I would feel badly about “ignoring” the plan (just to note: the plan called for 20-23 yesterday so I wasn’t really going off plan). But I was referring to all the previous weeks miles accumulating and *that* made the 20 a bad idea. Oops if that got lost a bit. I worry too much sometimes about what could happen rather than be in the moment. But I felt pumped and invigorated.
Still do in fact. There was something that just recharged me about the hard effort of yesterday. I had been complaining talking recently about worrying I was falling into a funk and now it’s like, “Funk? Where?”. Yesterday also made me realize how MENTAL running is. Okay so I already knew that but it just hammered that point home for me. I was thinking last night about how, for the last 5 miles of my 20 mile endeavor, I was running just as fast as what I did for my quality “tempo” (or as I’m calling it: steady state) run on Thursday. That is just mind boggling to me. Clearly there’s some sort of mental block with tempo runs that I’m going to try to work through over these next 8 weeks.
Yes, 8 weeks. Because as of tomorrow there is only 2 months exactly until Boston. Hooollllleeeeeeeerrrrrr.
Very scary. I still can’t believe that I’ll be toeing the line in Boston. It just doesn’t seem real at all. How can my training be halfway there??
Every time I get an email about Boston my first impulse is to just delete it. Crazy, no? And I can’t even bring myself to look at the Boston apparel. Or at least really look at it. I’ve been daydreaming about buying a jacket but I don’t want to jinx myself! I’m also debating between the men’s or women’s celebration jackets. Or if I should go for the Supernova in either men or women‘s styles. I’m thinking celebration men. I typically don’t like the way women styles hit me (simply because I’m so tall) but I also hesitate with the celebration. I mean, obviously I’m going to want it after the fact, but it just seems so preemptive. Any way, any thoughts on the subject would be greatly appreciated like always 🙂
But back to the actual running: despite hammering out the miles like a champ (can I say that and still consider myself modest? Haha) I didn’t feel sore at all. Therefore I decided to go for a recovery run (and was there ever any doubt?) It went really well, although I wish that sometimes on my recovery run I could dial into the pace I want rather than what my legs want. Not that it’s a bad thing (and indeed it probably should be my legs that dictate the pace) but I’m so unaccustomed to having my mind not be what’s in control that it still (8 weeks into training) a foreign concept too me. My HR was nice and low too so obviously my legs know what’s what.
The only bad thing about today’s run was that I noticed a bit on an ache on my right shin. I think it’s the beginning signs of shin splints so I’m taking precautions to make sure it doesn’t actually develop. I’ve noticed that this training cycle, because I’m so paranoid about getting hurt from all my miles, that I’ve become very aware of my body’s early signs of potential injuries. I know that both my achilles or plantar have acted out a bit during this training cycle and once I took preventative measures to make sure they didn’t escalate I’ve been okay and have had no problems since then. So I’m thinking that this will likely be the same deal-io. And yet again, it’s partly thanks to you guys for keeping me on top of recognizing that I am doing intense stuff.
Okay so I’ve written about 958 words (don’t you just love word count? hah) and nothing too exciting. Guess that’s just my Sunday for you. I’ve been busy though! Not only with running but with physics. I’ve been working on Experimental forever it feels like. Basically we perform and write up one lab a week. Doesn’t sound too bad but some of the labs are time consuming and tedious. And it never ends. The second we hand in one lab we have to start the next. So that’s where I’m off too now.
Ciao! Hope everyone is recharging their batteries this Sunday 🙂