Well one thing’s for sure: this week was an improvement over last week. It took some work, but I managed to keep the depression that pulled me under last weekend at bay. Unfortunately, though, it was an exhausting week! And I’m not entirely sure why! Here’s how the running went:
Tuesday: 7.96 miles (looking back I’m surprised I didn’t bother running another .o4 just to get a round number up there) of speed work!
Thursday: rest, again. By the time I got home from work I felt like I could have gone to sleep and slept through the night.
Friday: an AMAZING 7.5 miles
Saturday: 5 miles
Sunday: 4 miles, 1.5 of which was walking. This was supposed to be 10 miles, but as soon as I started my legs were resisting. Initially I thought I’d be fine once I got warmed up but things didn’t improve. Every step felt like a huge amount of effort. I started with a pace of about 10:20/mile, which is about 40-60 seconds slower than my easy-cruising pace, so I should have been feeling all right, but it felt like a struggle just to go that speed. When I decided to just walk home, all I really wanted to do was just sit down for a long, long time. The most frustrating thing is that not doing the long run you’ve been planning all week is really unsatisfying.
I think there were a few factors influencing how this run went: 1) I could have hydrated much better, not just today, but over the past few days; 2) I could have been eating better over the past few days; 3) I’ve been tired all week, and I knew I was tired going into this run, and I think the running I did on Friday and Saturday probably just made me even more tired; 4) I think I’ve hit a little bit of a mental wall since my less-than-ideal 15k a few weeks ago. Since that experience I’ve been running well but I’ve really faltered on long runs. The first three factors are pretty straightforward adjustments, but the last one is going to take some work.
So! Goal for this week: get back to food journaling. I’m better at just eating than I have been, but what I’m eating could use some improvement. It’s not that I’m eating junk, it’s just that I’m sometimes not maximizing my meal’s potential, and that’s what I’d like to be doing. I’m hoping that journaling will help me see where the changes could be made, and also help me to be more consistent with hydration.
Do you have any goals for this week? Share them in the comments. And don’t forget to enter the Eazy Bandz giveaway!
- Sunday run-down: March 28-April 3 (icametorun.com)
- wet dog (chasingthekenyans.com)
- Sunday breakdown (icametorun.com)