Training week 3…..Done! I can honestly say I’m glad to have this week in the rear view mirror. I had some really great runs and some really tough runs, both physically and mentally. My training mileage for this week was supposed to be 20; although, I realized I accidentally shorted myself a mile on hill work (tragic, right?) but I threw in a 5k the day before my long run so it kind of offset everything. Grand total for mileage this week was 22.1.Source
The intensity of this week’s training dialed up a bit with the introduction of hill work. Monday was just an easy-peasy run so I was still feeling fresh Tuesday for the hill work. We (my training partners and I) did 3 miles and managed to keep a great pace – 9:52. It was 92 degrees out + humidity so we were battling 100 degree heat index on the hills – ooftah! Lately, I’ve been happy with anything under a 10 minute pace.
The next day (Wednesday) I had a solo 4 miler on the schedule and my mind fought my body the entire run. I could feel every bit of the hill work from the night before and really wanted to turn around and go home. Thank goodness for training plans, I knew that if I quit I’d have to look at a blank spot on my plan for the next 13 weeks. Talk about guilting myself into finishing, but, hey, it worked. I know I could have totally benefitted from music but when I do solo runs I stay unplugged for safety reasons. On the plus side, running solo & unplugged gives me lots of time to ponder the great mysteries of life. Mainly what I’m going to eat when I get home.After the not so fantastic Wednesday run I was super happy that Thursday was a rest day. Hooray!
Up next was my non-training plan approved Friday 5k, Kickin’ it for CASA night race. I’m going to do a race recap later this week but just the short version – I had a great time and placed 2nd in my age division. It was by no means a PR type race but my goal was to run it for fun and save my energy for Saturday’s long run. It was a great race and benefitted a fantastic organization!
On the downside, I learned the hard way that it’s not a smart idea to run a race when you have a 9 mile long run scheduled less than 12 hours later. Props to people who do the Goofy Challenge at Walt Disney World! My legs were pretty trashed before I even started the long run but my training girls and I got it done. My friend Karla, she’s running the Marine Corps Marathon, too, tweaked her knee so she paced on us her bike and provided great roadside motivation. I don’t know how many times she told us that we looked fantastic even though I’m pretty sure I at least looked like death warmed over… After we were done I literally had to wring the sweat out of my running skirt before getting in my car – it was pretty gross.Source
All-in-all it was a week of ups and downs and personal growth. I now know that throwing extra miles into a training plan isn’t a great idea; my legs are still tired. I’m looking forward to week four but know this week’s going to be challenging time wise getting all my runs in. I graduate college on Saturday (YAY, YIPPEE, HOORAY!!) so I’m going to have lots of family coming in.
Question: What do you do to overcome a tough training week?