“Happy to report that the first week of Boston Marathon training was issue free! It feels good to have a plan and focus – I am so ready to be back at this!”
Is exactly what I said last week. Oh what a difference a week makes. Physically, I’m issue free. There is nothing broken, bruised, maimed or shattered — so that’s good. And I’ve only “trained” for 14 out of over 100 days on the road to Boston. But let me tell you my optimism is slipping already.
Boston Marathon Training Summary
I had a feeling it was going to be a little tricky with 5 days in Las Vegas. We left Saturday morning and I didn’t get back until late Wednesday night. And we didn’t head out for R&R — it was for two action packed, information overloaded conferences full of great keynotes, breakouts and networking. For one who has been wildly introverted for the last 9 months writing and researching my program, it was overwhelming, exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time. And we were in Vegas, so it was mildly intoxicating…
Training Summary Stats:
- Total Running: 30 miles
- Total Yoga: 90 minutes (1 intense class)
- Total Weights: 1 hour (missed Wednesday’s session)
- Total Cross Train: 2 Spin Classes
And that really doesn’t look that bad — but it’s worse than it looks. I missed a full weight workout and yoga class. And because of the travel, I shuffled around my rest days, so I never really took one. I should have skipped Thursday spin and recovered for better tempo run Friday — but I didn’t. My speed work on Tuesday was on the treadmill in Vegas and wasn’t too bad. Faster than last week. Wednesday was 5 easy again on the tred in Vegas. Friday was tempo downtown San Diego and due to some tricky scheduling throughout the day, I ended up running 1/2×2/1 very late in the day — which is a bad time for me to run. My paces were faster than last week, but in 2 mile intervals versus 3. It was the long run Sunday that really put me in a mood. Slow and steady does not win the race and I didn’t recognize the girl or the body that was running. I felt off balance, frumpy and rocky from the first step and I never recovered.
My diet was a mess also. And not just at the conference where I had cocktails and hotel food all week long. But over the weekend we felt like it homemade pizza with more cheese than I’ve eating all year was a good idea. Needless to say, there are many reasons why my performance was sub par — and not just because I’m rebuilding my running legs.
How I’m Feeling
I am demoralized! I knew I was going to come back slow — but I just didn’t realize how slow. I can tell myself all day long to be patient and kind to myself. That past success is the best predictor of future and that I can’t compete with my 2012 or even early 2013 self. But that somehow does not keep me from wanting to punch a tree when my Garmin mile notification goes off and it’s at a pace I haven’t seen since 2009. Training is more mental that physical — and I’ve got to figure out a way to stay positive and excited about getting stronger. Not beat the crap out of myself for having a tough week. It’s frustrating to feel derailed so early in the game…
This is going to be harder than I thought. Training your body to run faster is a lot of work — and somehow I lost track of that. I have no idea what I will be able to accomplish in the next 13 weeks of training, but it may not be what I had originally planned. But this does not mean I will stop trying — I certainly can’t get any slower. I need to shift lifestyle gears — food is fuel and I can’t waste energy on empty calories. I need to prioritize and stay determined. Running well is energizing and rewarding and totally worth the effort.
I’m hitting the reset button Monday – Wednesday and going on my “3 Day Liquid Detox”. I love this plan! I need to win my Diet Bet anyhow and I’m a few pounds off and the deadline is 1/28 so it’s time to get cracking! Protein shakes, raw juice and vegetable soups are on the menu and I’m ridiculously excited about that!
I have seriously got to figure out how to think right. I’m going to try a tactical practice to stay in the positive mindset. Every time I think a negative thought about my running, I will make myself write something positive in a journal (I’ll carry the journal close, trust me). I’ll write a word or sentence that reminds me of why I’m doing this. It’s certainly not to feel worse about myself, so focusing on the positive over and over again should be helpful. Plus, when I get really down, I’ll be able to review my journal and remember all the good things 🙂
And as I said last week….
I am grateful for this opportunity.
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