Anyhow, back to last week. I'm giving my training a B. There were some really good things this week - my Tuesday workout comes to mind - but also some not-so-good things, such as my weekend miles.
Monday: 5 glue miles w/strides + TRX Cardio Circuit + Strength Training
A promising start to the week. The miles felt fine and I had fun in TRX. It was good to do some extra strength training, too - focused mainly on my hips and glues - two weaker areas. But the best part of the workout was getting to test out some new Oiselle gear. My new Keyhole Tank is a keeper!
Tuesday: 8 mile workout, inc. 10 hill repeats
This was a really strong workout. I started with a 4-mile warmup then hit my hill of choice. My plan from Coach Matt called for 10 hill repeats with every other repeat run at an all-out effort. The downhill portions were the recovery between repeats.
I felt really good during the repeats. Since I haven't done much hillwork lately and nearly died during the hills in my last race, I wasn't expecting much. However, I surprised myself! The all-out repeats were tough but it helped to know they were only every other trip up the hill. During my cooldown run, I felt on top of the world - I conquered the hill!
Wednesday: 5 recovery miles + Y-Fuse + TRX Cardio Circuit
Ran these miles over the lunch hour and could tell my legs were still tired from the hill workout. This was confirmed during Fuse when I couldn't run a decent fast lap. Felt like I was dragging during every one of them.
Thursday: 6 glue miles + Y-Blitz
Planned on doing my miles during lunch so I could do Blitz after work then head home. But ... instead, I opted to go to lunch with a co-worker, eat a giant slice of pie, then do Blitz followed by my miles. Ha, I will never do this again. Felt like a giant slug during Blitz and then barely finished my miles. The pie was delicious but having it slosh around in my stomach for 6 miles was an experience I don't care to repeat.
If you ever visit MKE, visit Honeypie for a slice of pie - just not before a run!
Friday: Rest Day
Much needed. Rested up and was excited to run long the next morning.
This run was unexpectedly bad. My legs felt heavy from the start but even worse than that was a horrible 20+ mph headwind. I tried to battle it out but gave up after a few miles. Decided to do my 5-miler instead and save the 11-miler for Sunday morning. I was really disappointed in myself for giving up but just couldn't find the will to get through the run.
After Saturday's long run fail, I was really anxious about Sunday's run. On the plus side, the weather was like 500 times better. There was a bit of a breeze, but nothing like the wind the day before. On the not-so-awesome side, my legs still felt crappy. It took a full six miles for them to feel even somewhat normal and even then, not 100 percent. Because I ran so slow for the first six miles, I ran out of time and had to cut my run a bit short. I was again disappointed I didn't run as well as I had hoped. Told myself I'd have to do better this upcoming week.
I'm trying to remember that not every week can be perfect. Hopefully since last week was a valley, I'll climb this week and then peak next week - just in time for my next race!
My questions for you:
- How do you deal with a disappointing training week?
- Have you ever cut a run short?
- What's the worst thing you've ever eaten before running?