Done Ditty Done Done Done – Week 2

Week two has been a helluva week. Filled with strength, melt downs, pulling it together, a few more melt downs, confidence issues, and basically blood, sweat, and tears. Why is training so hard?

Towards the end of my long run last week my knee started aching again. The same knee that began the achy thing during my 15K last December. I was bugged by it, but not overly worried.

Monday: After my meltdown last Sunday, I went on my scheduled run. It did NOT go as planned. It was cold and not rainy, but misty, and darker than normal because of the clouds. I was bound and determined to NOT run on the treadmill so I rushed home from work, changed clothes, warmed up, and drove to the middle school so that I could use the track. When I do speed ladders that have such specific distances listed (1000 meters, 400 meters, 200 meters, etc), it’s so much easier to do it on the track than the treadmill. The first 800 meters were horrible, horrible, horrible. My head wasn’t right. I was cold. The wind was BLOWING (15 – 20 mph). The elements were big time in my head. The second segment my knee started hurting again. I gauged the amount of daylight I’d have left versus how my knee felt versus how long my workout was scheduled to be (40 minutes) and I readjusted. I shaved off meters for each segment. So it basically looked like this.

From my Garmin “NOTES” section:

800 @12:30
90
300 @12:15
90
300 @12:15
90
100 @11:30
90
100 @11:30
90
200 @12:30
90
200 @12:30
90
Ish – some of the run segments cut a touch short. This did NOT go according to plan. A trifecta: freaking cold and wind, getting dark, and knee pain.

The yoga when I got home felt fantastic! I was plenty stiff and needed a good session on the mat.

Tuesday: So….volleyball is ALWAYS fun! It’s basically my social hour. Twenty years ago my team won our league every session. Now? Not so much. If we have an early game, we go out for drinks afterwards. If we have a super late game we will sometimes go out for drinks before. Our team name is Just for Fun. After Tuesday night’s game we were standing around talking and one of the girls goes, “Maybe we should change our team name to Who’s Ball Was That Anyway.” Yeh, it was THAT kind of game. I cranked my knee on the floor diving for a loose ball, and that was no fun, but no pain following the game, so I spent the week hoping it would hold up for my Thursday and Saturday runs. I didn’t do my yoga on Tuesday. Instead, I opted for baking banana bread. Because baking tasty treats is OBVIOUSLY the best way to prepare for a race that scares the shit out of you!

Wednesday: UGH! Normally Wednesday is a volleyball day, but my season is ending in two weeks and we’re not putting together a team in the coming up season because Parks and Rec has changed that league to Monday nights. This interferes with a run day, and at this point, I can’t give up a run day so I’m doing what would have been unthinkable a few years ago and am giving up a volleyball night. WHO HAVE I BECOME!? I had a bye from volleyball, so I threw in a weight session. I have not touched a dumbbell, ketttlebell, bar, yoga ball for MONTHS! And it was painfully obvious! Twenty-five minutes later and I was sweating like a horse and gasping for air. I did a yoga session before and after to hopefully loosen up all the old muscles, and to make up for missing my yoga on Tuesday. This was the ONLY workout of the week that went exactly to plan.

Thursday: Did the unthinkable, folks! I got up before work and did my yoga! Never happens! I knew that Thursday’s session on the mat was only supposed to be 14 minutes, which meant probably just easy breezy stretching. So I got up before work and got onto the mat. Since I had a 40 minute run scheduled, I wanted to save as much time in the evening for the run as possible. It’s still not staying quite light enough in the evenings after work for a long run. But my run was going to be at my favorite spot, so that helped my mentality. There are no street lights at the lake, so I was knew I’d be rushing it a bit, but I just needed to have a good run experience. I was slated to do four laps around the lake to reach my “tempo” training schedule, but cut it to three laps around because of daylight issues. It was a good run. Nothing hurt. I was able to keep my pace where I needed it to be. It felt good, and I wasn’t ready to quit when I had to leave. That made me a little less fearful for my long run on Saturday. I did make one little change up to my routine. I took music. I normally don’t. Music has always soothed my soul, and I think I’m going to have to start playing music when I run. At least in one ear so that I can still hear my surroundings.

Friday: REST, REST, REST!!!! Could not gt here soon enough!

Saturday: Long run. Oy! Did NOT go well. I just didn’t have the legs. I’m going to have to reconsider the weight training two days before long runs. The long runs are the more important aspect of all this training. I’m thinking about switching up cross training days and doing a more HIIT type workout than the dozens of weighted squats that go along with my weight sets. Whenever I do a long run I try to not say “die” until I’ve hit two miles. I didn’t even hit the two mile mark. It was a nice day, so I shut my run timer off and started a walk timer. I felt like I needed to at least get some mileage on my legs instead of wasting a long run day. I did just under three miles, so my total mileage was about four and a half miles – just over HALF of what my run was supposed to have been. I felt fairly defeated at the end of it because I feel like I’ve got a good plan in place, but it isn’t working. The bright side of yesterday’s workout (because even on sucky workouts you’ve got to find a sliver lining) is that my walk was at a 15:30 minute pace, which is faster than the required pace on the marathon course. It at least gave me hope that I’ll be able to finish the half, even if I have to walk a lot of it. So I guess there’s that.

Sunday: That’s today. Today is supposed to be a strength day. Tri-sets. This is NOT going to happen! I have hill repeats tomorrow and I need to have a successful run workout to start the week off in order to keep my head straight. So I just started off my day with my yoga practice, and then got busy getting food prepped for family dinner. It’s 8:30 in the morning and I’ve already got chicken in the crockpot, animals fed, coffee made, whipped cream made, ganache made, yoga done. The rest of my workout will consist of vacuuming and dusting so my guests don’t die from animal allergies.

Onward and upward!

 

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