Friday, June 8, 2012

I Need to Get Back in the Game

It's week two of logging fewer than 40 miles and I'm not happy. 

I remember a time when I would have been thrilled to log more than 30 miles in a week. But those days are long past. When you still have three major goals to hit yet this year, 30 miles per week (mpw) just won't cut it.

When you set goals for yourself, you need to do the work to reach them. No slacking. No excuses. With running, what you put in is exactly what you get out of it and doing what I'm doing now is not going to get me where I want to go.

After the Rockford Half Marathon, I had to take a week off. I put in 16 solid weeks of training for that race and I knew it was time for a mini break to avoid burnout this summer. First week back - last week - I ran 31 miles. This week I'm going to hit 38 miles. Week one fell short when I couldn't complete my planned speedwork and skipped a short run. This week, I've had quad muscle issues and had to cut my Wednesday run a bit short and take Thursday as a rest day.

I look at my calendar and it makes me nervous. A 5k race tomorrow (I'm using it as a speed workout), a 5k race on Thursday (racing all out), and Chicago Rock n Roll Half Marathon in just six weeks. I'm not even looking at races beyond those at the moment even though training for Lakefront Marathon has already technically begun. 

So it's time to get motivated and time to stop slacking. No more skipped runs. No more excuses. It's one thing to fall short because of factors that can't be controlled, but it's quite another to fall short because of not training hard enough. I need to remember that what gets done today will affect tomorrow. And tomorrow is right around the corner. 

What do you do to get yourself back in the game physically and mentally?

- ST


  1. For me, having friends to keep me accountable makes a huge differance. Knowing that I have people like you, Anna, Tierney, and my co-workers who will give me crap for slacking and skipping workouts helps keep me focused. Also, sometimes having a horrible, lung burning run is just what the doctor ordered to make you realize you need to re-focus. I think your doing great Sun! You are a constant inspiration even on weeks you don't get it all done.

  2. I couldn't agree more on the benefits of having friends to stay accountable. One of these days we are going to have to run together. Perhaps the Hank Aaron Trail or Hart Park?