For a week now, I’ve been sore. Maybe sore’s not the right word. My legs just have felt heavy, like I’ve gotten a good strength training workout in, but the feeling hasn’t really gone away. It’s been very tempting for me to skip a training run, to give my legs a chance to freshen up. But I haven’t. This always happens to me when I start running more than 20 miles a week. Running more than 20 miles a week is challenging for my body and I feel it. I’m not going to lie; I’m ready for this half-marathon to be over. I’ve been generally following my training plan, but I switched it up some this week. It was supposed to be:
2 mile run
8 mile tempo
2 mile run
10 mile run
The thought of doing an 8-mile tempo run just made me want to curl up in a ball and hide so I switched it to this:
3 mile run
3 mile run
6 mile tempo
10K + 4 mile jog back to my car. (The race starts and ends in different places. From what I remember, you basically go one mile in one direction and turn around and do five miles in the other, so if I jog back to my car after the race, it’ll tack on an additional 4 miles. I think.)
The weekly mileage is the same but the individual runs seem more doable. For my next half-marathon, whenever that is, I don’t think I’ll use this training schedule. I don’t like the mid-week longish runs at all. Live and learn, right? I ran 3 miles yesterday and then 3 again at lunch. I didn’t want to run at lunch in the worst way. I wanted to sleep, or read blogs, or just veg, but I knew that as painful as running during lunch sounded, running after my photography class tonight would be way worse. So I made myself do it. It sucked too. Lead legs were in full effect. I hate three mile runs with a passion. I think I’ve talked about this before. It takes me at least three miles, if not more, to get into a zone when I run. The first three miles always suck but after I finish them and start feeling good, I forget. But when I only run three, the good feeling never comes. It doesn’t come with two either but two is over quickly.
I’m not one of those people who yearns for a run on a nice day. If it’s nice out, I’m probably yearning for a cold beer on a patio somewhere. But I make myself run instead. In fact, I run past people drinking beers on patios sometimes. And I’m usually jealous. Jealous but not regretful. Unless I’m sick or injured, I never regret going out for a run. For me, the best part of running is the feeling that I get when it’s over!
Still looking forward to my 10K on Saturday though. I hope it doesn’t rain! I definitely enjoy racing more than training. Unfortunately, you have to train to race!
Can I brag about something? We had this real basic homework assignment for photography class. It was to take two pictures of the same thing – one with the correct white balance and one with incorrect. When the teacher looked at mine, she said, “Nice shot.” She did not say that to anyone else! YES! After class, I was starvin marvin. I normally eat around 6, so 8 is way late for me. I made myself a quick tortilla pizza.
I was still hungry after that, so I also munched on some whole wheat pretzels dipped in refried beans mixed with salsa (a la bean dip.) Now I’m way too full.
Our wedding invites came today. Now you know my real name!