Any guesses as to where I got the title to today’s post? Nope not a search term. Although it’d be cool if it had been!
Happy October everyone! As I say every month I can’t believe another one has gone by. September was a good month for sure. I’m in the process of tallying the numbers and data for a monthly recap and it looks good so far! Hopefully that bodes well for October as well
In both running and life. Because I can’t wait to make myself one of these guys:
But onto the running. Which was not as cool as a carved pumpkin this morning. Neither in temperature (75* and 87% humidity) nor workout. I was going to do speed work today (originally mile repeats). Yeah, about that. It didn’t happen. My legs felt dead. I tried to brush it off, it was 0600 and dark and hot and humid and I figured that my legs would feel better after a warm up and some pickup strides. Which they sort of did. My last few strides actually felt good and decent.
Then I tried to go into my first mile. I always know to expect the first mile or repeat of anything to suck. That’s just how I roll. And I can usually override the “OMG I am going to die. Stop NOW” feeling. But this morning was different. I felt glued to the ground and that no matter how hard I tried my legs were not going to move. I’ve contemplated whether or not I just need some rest, sometime I obviously don’t do much of, but this felt different than just normal tiredness and fatigue from training hard. I’ve felt this exact way before (wayyy back in the day) and it was because of low iron.
The best way I can describe it is that my legs, specifically my quads, felt suffocated. Which makes sense as iron is part of what comprises hemoglobin and helps bind oxygen to the red blood cells (RBC) and deliver the important gas to the muscles.
So I’m going to pick up supplements soon. My friend gave me one of her pills today at work with another 4 in case I don’t get to the store right away. I can’t remember how fast they worked last time but I’m hoping they kick in soon.
I still got the total miles in that I was planning on. They just were run easy rather than interval style: 10@ 8:45. I ended up kind of waxing and waning on the pace. Because I bailed on my speed work I re-routed my run because I didn’t want to be running easy on a “course” that I’ve reserved for speed. So the run itself was nice because it was new and the whole concentrating on not getting lost helped keep my mind off of the fact that I bailed. as I thought about the fact that I BAILED.
Sooooo I guess I’m going to throw the question to you guys: How do you deal with not completing a workout? This is the first time I’ve EVER bailed on one. There have definitely been times where I’ve been unhappy with a workout because I didn’t nail it but I’ve never 100% nixed one before. I don’t know what to think. Am I smart for doing this? I feel a little uneasy just because I’ve never out and out stopped a workout before like that.
I think I’m going to retry a speed workout tomorrow? I feel like I need redemption and a mental boost that I can do it. But if the iron doesn’t help then maybe attempting something hard again isn’t a good idea. Both physically and mentally. I don’t want to have to bail on another workout.
Though it won’t be mile repeats. The sting of failing today might be a little raw. Maybe 800 repeats. I think that after two days of iron (I took one last night too. I wasn’t sure why at the time. I didn’t have a definite reason at the time but I felt like it was something I needed to do.) and after T.S. Nicole comes through tonight (because she’s STILL not here yet!) and decreases the humidity. It’s a little funny: my clothes from yesterday are still not dry!
Since I can’t really tell how the tone is coming across in this post I just want to state that I’m not TOTALLY bugging out about the failed workout. Yes it sucks and my Type-A perfectionist ways don’t like it at all but I have some exciting things planned for this weekend and life is still, overall, going really well.
On that note: HAPPY FRIDAY. HAPPY OCTOBER. HAPPY WEEKEND 😀