I may have mentioned that I’m pseudo-training for another marathon.
Between the crazy winter weather, a packed schedule, and competing fitness goals (I am trying to get strong enough to carry a 65 lb. backpack up a mountain) I do not feel ready to fully commit to a marathon yet. Worst case scenario, I get in some great training runs. Best case, I basically become Superwoman. I will continue to stick to my marathon training plan for now, but I will wait at least until I follow through with a 20-mile training run to sign up for a race.
The pictures above do not do justice to the amount of ice that we received this week. I’m talking inches of ice on parts of our driveway, tree limbs breaking left and right under the weight of the ice, dogs unable to stay up on all four even in the grass. Ice like I have never seen before.
This week was a recovery week on my plan, which I struggled with for a variety of reasons.
Early in the week I struggled to keep a mellow pace like the plan instructed me to. Obviously it is easier physically to run slowly, but it was a mental battle. In addition to not wanting to blog relatively slower paces, on some level I get scared that if I run “slow” for a week that I will lose the ability to run “fast”.
Later in the week I struggled with the idea of running on the treadmill and with a mega case of heavy legs. Last winter I was a super treadmill runner completing 10 miles of treadmill every Tuesday morning and even managing a 20+ mile treadmill run. This winter I am having trouble summoning the willpower to even get on it.
In addition to my treadmill woes, my legs were just plain tired. Maybe due to lifting? New Rules does say not to try to do their workouts and endurance sports at the same time. I don’t really think of what I am doing as “endurance sports” though. I’m just running a little bit. Maybe my legs just needed a recovery week really badly.
At this point, my confidence is somewhat shaken and I am in the “I am never going to run a race again, it sucks the fun out of running” mode. It will probably pass. It always does.
Sunday: 6 miles @ 9:11 – Outside! In rainy Southern California. I was supposed to do my 10 miles, but I did them a day early so they ended up on last week’s post/mileage total leaving me with some wacky totals for both weeks.
Tuesday: 6 miles @ 9:14 – Dreadmill. Southern Indiana got a heavy coating of ice on Tuesday and Wednesday, think ice skating on your street icy.
Wednesday: New Rules Workout 2A4
Thursday: 2 miles @ 9:14 – Treadmill fail! I did not have the mental fortitude to stay on the treadmill. My legs were super tired, but that’s no excuse, I should have stuck it out.
Friday: 5 miles @ 9:37 – Outside. Still had tired legs. I’m not sure what my deal was. Chris had to practically drag me along behind him. New Rules Workout 2B4 – So glad to move on to Workout 3. I kind of wish that the workouts only had to be done two or three times each. I would be less tempted to skip them if I could change them up more often.
Weekly Total: 19
January Total: 94
February Total: 13
2011 Total: 107
Miles on Shoes: 76