Happy Happy Friday!
I welcomed today with open arms and I can’t wait to run and relax this weekend.
Speaking of running, I know that was a horrible intro, but as you all know and as I have mentioned several times this has been a pretty difficult training season so far. I’ve been feeling pretty exhausted and have had some really difficult workouts. Last week especially was extremely frustrating.
Looking back on it, I don’t really know what I expected. The heat and humidity has been horrible overall but last week was extremely awful. I don’t know which is worse a fall marathon with summer training or a spring marathon with winter training. Right now, I’d have to say I’d choose winter.
Saturday afternoon after Wes and I had finished running I sat down and felt destroyed. I hated feeling that way, I hated dreading my runs and I hated the fun being taken out of it.
Wes tried to reassure me that with the heat and humidity we’ve been having its really hard to tell just where you stand, but I knew something needed to change.
We talked and decided to adjust my marathon pace a bit. I still don’t know if it’s the right choice so we just altered it by 10 seconds. Instead of running my marathon pace at 7:26 I will now try to hit a 7:35. We will see how that goes for a few weeks and then re-discuss after that.
There comes a point where you have to put your well-being both physically and mentally first. I’m still determined to give it my all but I’m not willing to tear myself apart in the process.
On top of adjusting my marathon pace a bit, I have also made a few adjustments with workouts along the way as I feel I need it.
Last Saturday I tried to attempt a tempo run again, which didn’t go as planned due to the heat. I still got a great moderately-hard effort middle 7 miles in 11 that I ran and averaged somewhere in the upper 7:30’s.
Tuesday morning rolled around and I knew it wouldn’t be a good idea to try another one so close. Instead, I opted to do tempo intervals. 3 miles x 2 miles x 2 miles with 4 minutes rest between each. It was much easier for me to break it up in my mind.
I won’t do this every week of course, but on Tuesday it was the best thing for me.
My last training cycle wasn’t perfect, but I stuck to the schedule 99.5% of the time. It’s been hard for me and my “type A” personality to let it go. I’m trying to trust that I know my body and know what is best for it. I’ve still stayed really close but have made the necessary adjustments when necessary.
I’ve had to learn to let go. In fact, if I can title my training so far that’s what would sum it up pretty well. No matter our intentions life happens. I’m letting go of my preconceived notions of what I have to do and doing what my body is capable of.
Not any huge changes as you can see, but small adjustments and a new mindset can go a long way! I’m still coming for you Chicago!
Do you have trouble “letting go” sometimes with training?
Do you make adjustments?