Hello from the other side of RRCA training! I learned SO much. Rather than doing a recap of what I learned, I will probably sprinkle upcoming posts with little bits of running knowledge chia seeds.
But for now, let’s talk about my own runs. Speaking of training recaps, I’m really going to miss my friend Michele’s Ironman training recaps. (Though I’m really freaking excited for her Ironman for her because she has been killing her training.)
While I disagree that a 22-mile stepback week’s training was epic, last week’s training was fairly solid.
Monday: yoga. I have never looked forward to yoga on my schedule as much as I have this training cycle.
Tuesday: weenied out and did my 4 miles on the treadmill, because I did not feel like running on the side of the sun/through pea soup, etc.
Wednesday: accidental rest day, as I last-minute decided not to do the Al Gordon 5K because it was still hot as hell.
Thursday: did the workout that was scheduled for Wednesday – 2 mile warm-up + 5K….on the treadmill. I ran the 5K at a 7:45 pace, which felt good.
Friday: accidental rest day.
Saturday: a great 7-mile run. I have no idea what pace it was, and I don’t care. After learning about running all day, I was excited to go outside and actually do some. Lately, I’ve been putting so much pressure on each run. It needs to solve all of my problems. It needs to perfect so that I meet my goal in October. Saturday, I let a run just be a run, and it was the relaxing run I’d needed and let me totally zone out and remember why I love running.
Sunday: Got a two-a-day in. I’d missed three miles on Friday and had three miles planned for Sunday, so I did three before the RRCA course and three after. I slept in compression socks on Saturday and ran in them on Sunday. In mid-July in New York. Not a good idea.
While I wish I’d not skipped that Friday run, I’m happy I still got it in, and I’m happy that I’m getting better at releasing crap and letting my runs be more enjoyable again. This week is when shit starts getting real. Tomorrow=mile repeats and Thursday=tempo. I’m going to let my mind get out of its own damn way and get after those speed workouts and let my runs do their own things to relax me rather than forcing them.
If you’re training for something, how’s it going? How do you get out of your own damn head when you’re going through a sort of rough patch of running?