This probably wasn't the best week for me be looking so far ahead. I've been battling somewhat with burn out which I haven't felt in over a year. I managed to give myself permission to cut a planned 45 minute run on Wed down to 30 min. Granted, I did have a double-workout Tuesday this week - 6 miles in the morning and then just over 2.5 miles with our Galloway members later in the evening. Instead of waiting until Wed evening to run, I ran at 4pm, right after work. It may have been to soon. My HR was about 5-7 bpm higher than what it normally is at a 10 min/mile pace and wasn't recovering well during my 30 sec walk breaks. Not to mention my form. It just didn't feel right. My legs were heavy, I couldn't get my torso over my legs no matter how short I kept my stride. Then I went a little mental on myself. It was a pretty good beating. And this is just 15 minutes into the run.
|Old Vera vs. New Vera|
I managed to hold out until my lunch hour on Thursday to tackle the 45 minute session even though I promised myself I would wait until after my work day was over. Meh - what's a difference of 4 hours going to make? So, I gave into my Ego, grabbed my Lunar Glides (which I'm able to run in twice a week now - Woo Hoo!) and started off at that same 10:00 min mile pace. Five minutes in, I was already feeling 100% stronger, physically and mentally, relative to Wednesday. It was just enough to boost my confidence and carry me through to the end, averaging a 9:46 pace due to small negative splits between mile 2 and 4.6 miles (45 min). My HR response was much closer to what I would expect at these progressively faster paces, although I would have liked to see the bpm's drop a little further during the 30 second walk breaks. I rated my effort at a 6/10 and my enjoyment rating bumped up to 3/5. In the Notes section, I was sure to praise myself for letting go of my internal negative judgements the day prior and reinforce that my willingness to be flexible with my schedule got me through a tough run for which I was rewarded with a stronger, more enjoyable workout the next day. Okay I get it. "Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em". Stay flexible to avoid fatigue, burn out and injuries. Accept there will be days like Wednesday when it's better to fold early rather the hold yourself to that day's planned session. Folding early Wed led to successfully holding a 45 minute run on Thurs with less effort and more enjoyment. Lesson learned!
I'm SO looking forward to my 14-miler on Sunday. Nice and slow, cruising along the beach. After this weekend, it's taper time! The Surf City Half is rapidly approaching and I'm getting really excited about this race. More on race day strategy and schedule modifications to stay on track with my Full Marathon schedule and incorporate our Galloway group's schedule at the same time coming next week. A little tricky - likely more lessons learned. I think we can all agree that it is through these lessons we continue to grow as runners.