At the beginning of April, I was struggling to get back into training. I still had some leftover hamstring pain and was barely running 20 miles per week. All miles were slow and came with the constant worry that I might not make it through the run without having to stop due to pain.
I hardly felt like myself. I'm the girl who likes to run high mileage. I'm the girl who enjoys the pain that comes with a hard speed workout. But all I could do was cling to the hope that my body would eventually heal itself and I could eventually get back to my normal fitness level.
I'm not there yet, but I'll get there soon. Last week, I ran 44 miles and this week I'll hit 46 miles. The plan is to get back into the 50-60 mpw range by end of June and then build to 60-70 by end of August.
As for this week . . .
Tuesday: 8 miles speedwork; core work
Wednesday: 4 mile recovery run (AM); 6 miles @easy pace; strength training
Thursday: 8 miles @easy pace w/4-6 hill repeats; core work
Friday: 4 miles @easy pace
Saturday: 16 mile long run
Sunday: Rest day
Another bit of running-related news: I recently bought a Believe I Am Training Journal and started logging my workouts last week. Believe I Am was created by pro runners Lauren Fleshman and Ro McGettigan and is designed to help users build and foster positive thoughts and beliefs that help them achieve their goals.
A look inside
This is my first training journal and I'm excited to see how tracking my miles and workouts along with building positive beliefs will help me improve as a runner.
My questions for you:
- Has one month ever made a difference for you when it comes to sport or life in general?
- Do you use a training journal?
- Finish this sentence - I believe I am . . .
I believe I am . . . Capable of running a BQ time!