And just when everything was going so well…
Well, folks, this was the week where at least one wheel fell off the proverbial wagon. Since I started running last year, my body hasn’t quite adapted to more than 1 session of speedwork a week, so I knew I was tempting fate by doing 2 speedy-ish workouts in the middle of 4 straight running days last week. Then I went for a hilly trail run last Sunday, which probably didn’t help matters, but what’s done is done. Despite my desire to set a 10K PR on August 3rd, the real goal I need to focus on is to getting to the start line at MCM healthy. So, with that in mind, I threw all plans for speedwork out the window and even cut some runs short this week.
Another small wrench that got thrown into this week’s training was a somewhat last-minute trip to the Sierra Foothills with the Gypsy Runner’s family. After I was relieved of jury duty on Thursday, the Gypsy Runner and I jumped into the car and spent 3 days and 2 nights lounging about, eating, drinking, playing games, swimming, etc. It was a lot of fun, but definitely not effective marathon training – especially the nutritional aspect. Not surprisingly, all of the junk caught up to me by Sunday’s (today’s) long run. I don’t regret it, but at the same time, it was a good reminder to be better about my diet from now on. I’m marathon training, after all!
Here’s what happened this week (“planned” workout in green/“actual” in bold):
Monday: Rest or cross-training/rest. And much needed at that!
Tues: 3/3.2 + bike commute (7.5 miles roundtrip). Super easy run, followed by an easy bike ride to work. It’s considerably less easy on the way back, with more left turns and a strong headwind.
Wed: 6/6 @ moderate effort. I stubbornly (and stupidly?) refused to run this at an easy effort.
Thurs: 3/3.2. Easy.
Fri: Rest or cross-training/rest… unless you count playing ping-pong, splashing around in a pool, drinking beer, and eating corn dogs and ice cream cross-training.
6 @ MP/3.2 @ easy pace with 370′ elevation gain. In addition to my achy left hip, my right ankle had started to bug me between Thursday and Friday. I debated whether to run at all, and decided on a compromise of 3 miles. Fortunately, neither my ankle nor hip really bothered me while I ran, but I still decided to err on the side of caution and run back to the cabin after 1.6 miles. It was a good thing, because the road I was running on was downhill the whole way out, and what goes down must come up! I felt proud of myself for running on vacation and for being smart about babying my injuries, but at the same time, I felt bad about cutting my run so significantly. Whomp whomp!
Sun: 13/12.5 with 700′ elevation gain. The plan was to run with bt and her friend F at Lake Chabot. Before meeting up with them, I ran ~4 miles solo, then we ran 1 lap around the Lake together. I knew from the start that this was going to be a painfully slow day. I was feeling really sluggish and the effects of the beer and junk food were catching up to me. I ended up walking every single hill and my heart rate and breathing were out of control. I was so grateful for company; bt and F kept me going when all I wanted to do was stop and lie down on the trail. The important thing is that I finished the run, even if I didn’t get to 13 miles.
After the run, I had to race home and get to a baby shower for some dear friends. It was more like a regular party with BBQ and beer than a traditional shower — i.e., my kind of baby shower! The mom-to-be is an endurance athlete, so there was a sporting theme to the shower, which I thought was so adorable and appropriate. It was a fun party, but after filling up on beer and brats (do I ever learn??), I headed home for a much-needed nap.
Wrap-Up: 31 miles/28.1 total. I’m SO ready for a new week so I can start fresh. Here’s to new beginnings!