Ugh. another week where I didn’t accomplish anything outside of running. Granted, we left town on Friday and didn’t get back until Monday afternoon, so that made it harder to do what I had intended to do on the weekend, but that’s still no excuse.
Tuesday, Ran 3 (Speed).
This run took several different turns figuratively – I felt like I was flying at first, and sometimes I’d look down and my pace would be sub-8:00! But then my right knee and right calf locked up and got super tight around 1.5 miles, so I had to let up. My lungs were working hard too. I still finished with a great pace (For me), but I definitely started out too fast and couldn’t finish strong.
Wednesday, Ran 5 (tempo).
I had to run two days in a row due to missing out on Monday and travel plans pushing my long run to Friday. My right calf again locked up and was tight as I ran this 5-miler at a faster pace than I normally do, and with the cold lifting and heat/humidity rising (was probably around 67-70 degrees), my lungs were having to work harder and it was just NOT fun. I was surprised at my pace (8:45) at the end, because my legs felt like stone the entire time.
Friday, Ran 15 (long).
I can sum this one up in 5 words: Most Miserable Training Run Ever. It got off on the wrong foot right away, when I overslept (Was off work for the day) and had ZERO motivation to do this run. I got my stuff and left the house, then realized I’d forgotten my Powerade and water and had to turn around and go back. Then, as I drove my normal way to the Lakes, the street I take was completely blocked off at one part and you had to detour. Well, I don’t know my way around the neighborhood, so I had to turn completely around and go take a very different and out-of-the-way route to the Lakes. Talk about making me just want to QUIT!
I finally made it, parked, and got ready to run. It was again humid and warm – 70 degrees when I started at around 8:45. I tried to make this run more interesting than normal – I added some new parts to my loops and tried to vary it up because I’m starting to get bored with the same sights over and over. I had to stop after every 4 miles or so and get Powerade and eat some PowerBar Energy Chews. I think I’m done with that brand of chews – this is my third time taking them and they always make my stomach feel off. Lesson FINALLY learned.
I was fine for miles 1-8 or so, keeping under a 10:00-minute pace and feeling OK though still unmotivated and impatient to be done. I was also sweating profusely after only one mile. Then I just started hitting a wall where my lungs felt too overworked – from the humidity and thick air? I took a Powerade stop after mile 12 and was so tempted to just stop. It was double digits, what difference does 3 miles really make? But I knew this was a mental challenge and I needed to win all mental challenges in my runs from here until the marathon, to make sure I am ready to beat the mental challenges I face during the race.
So I started running again. My lungs felt overworked still, even after a break, and after another mile, I did something I’ve never done in my long training runs before. I walked. As my Garmin hit Mile 13.0, I stopped and walked for a minute and a half, catching my breath. I started running again and stopped again at 13.5. Walked for a minute and a half. Ran again, stopped at 14.0 and walked for a minute and a half. After that, I ran the rest of the way back to my car to hit 15.0. I have never had to walk before because I couldn’t catch my breath. It was very disconcerting.
I’m proud of myself for finishing the distance even though I felt awful, and if nothing else I finally realized I can no longer eat a certain brand of energy chews while I run. If it’s humid on race day, I may be in trouble, but I will finish no matter how long it takes.
The reason we went out of town was to attend a wedding in Florida. Hunter was a groomsman. It was a quick but very fun trip!
Here is Week 13:
Yes, I’ll be running 20 miles on Christmas Eve. If that doesn’t qualify me as a “real” runner, I don’t know what does!