Another huge week of running from Lifelong Endurance. Lots of naps. Ferocious hunger. No strength training at all, which I vow to get back on TOMORROW…but a good amount of cross training on top of 114 km! Tomorrow is my first non-running day since May 23rd and I’ll be taking full advantage of it so fatigue doesn’t interfere with any of the important workouts later in the week.
Monday, June 4th – easy day
Today reminded me of what I read in Meb for Mortals, where he describes pretty much all easy running as recovery running. I started very easy and was feeling tired and sore, but as the splits ticked by I felt better and better. It ended up basically being a progression run from 6:35/km down to 5:45.
That was it for the day.
Tuesday, June 5th – hard day
First time there’s ever been a scheduled double on Training Peaks! Woo!!
- 3k easy
- 6 x (3:00 ~ GMP, 3:00 easy)
- 3k easy
Then, swimming lesson!!!! This was the third of four lessons, and today some shit really came together. I got in 1250m after my half an hour lesson and felt soooo good!
Later: run number two! 7k easy – changed up my local route a little, felt a little tired but still happy to be running. Good sign haha.
Wednesday, June 6th – easy day
Happy Global Running day! I met up with Jess and Sam for 10k of trail and some road. Such a good morning with other runNerds!
Then I went to the pool. Warmed up with and without the pull buoy, then 3 x 500m, and a couple lengths cool-down for 2000m total. Officially re-fuckin-stoked for the triathlon!!!! Hey, you, reading this, if you live around here (northern BC) I want you to come! Read this 🙂
In the evening I went to the waterfront for a Global Running Day meetup and about fifteen of us ran just under 5k at a relaxed, conversational pace.
Thursday, June 7th – medium day?
I knew a medium-length run was going to pop up mid-week, sooner or later! Yessss!
When I woke up, I was so cranky for no reason. I didn’t understand the comment on the schedule, which said “use the swim to get your legs under you and relax.” My swims aren’t scheduled, and I was just so crabby and like wtf does that mean, maybe I don’t want to go swimming today. (LOL I’M SORRY ANDREW THIS IS NOT PERSONAL).
So, first, swimming pool. Warm-up, 2 x 750m, and cool-down for 1800m. Swimming totally snapped me out of my bitchy mood and I felt like a million bucks. My lungs felt massive ahahaha. This run ended up being fuckin AWESOME. I just kept thinking about the fluidity of swimming and it worked well for me.
Before bed: solid foam roller/stick roller session before I did an imagery exercise. What a good day.
Friday, June 8th – hard day
- 5k warm-up
- 10k progression from ~ goal marathon pace down to ~ 4:40/km
This workout… it scares me. It beat me last time. Today, I almost nailed it. In the second progressive kilometer, someone pulled over to ask me a question LOL. That only took about two seconds, thankfully. He was looking for an escaped kayak that I ended up spotting in the ditch on my way back in! After the second to last kilometer, I was about to explode, so I stopped for a few seconds before forcing out the last one. But I did it! I count this as a very successful workout, though I do look forward to next time when I hope to get it 100% without stopping 🙂
Saturday, June 9th – EASY day
7km with Jess on her 15k
Sunday, June 10th – long run day
Dun dun dun. The infamous 32k long run. That’s how I used to feel about these, but something has shifted and I’m not phased when seeing this distance on the schedule. However, I haven’t had a shitty run for sooooo long, and guess what? Today was the day 😂
I was so lethargic but decided to just be patient and consider the first 10k a very easy warm-up. But, after 10k I still felt like laying down on the road and sleeping ahaha. I was fueling well and keeping at it, but changed the screen on my Garmin to the clock screen because I was getting discouraged – the lap paces did not match the feeling of my effort at ALL. At 22k, I got a side stitch on both sides and slowly went from uncomfortable to legitimately in pain. Probably stopped ten times and sent out brain signals to husband…”please wonder what’s taking me so long and come and pick me up” LOL, didn’t work. At 27km, I sat down at a picnic table at the rest area and cried for approximately two seconds. SO frustrated!! Somehow, I made it home. Why did I just tell you my sob story? Because shitty runs happen and I am not ever going to pretend that they don’t. We see enough highlight-reel-only content on social media.
Guys, I am tired. Tomorrow I have a strength session with Kristen and I’m not doing anything else except foam roll, stretch and sleep between domestic duties.
WEEKLY MILEAGE: 114
INJURIES/PRE-HAB? good to go
SLEEP? was awesome til the weekend…napped every weekday!
NUTRITION BRAGS? no bragging right now…not the best quality fuel this past week
CURRENTLY READING: The Champion’s Mind – Jim Afremow, PhD (audiobook)
CONFIDENCE BOOSTER(S) Thursday and Friday in particular were such high-quality runs in every way!!
NEXT RACE: Scotiabank Vancouver 1/2 AND 5k wooo! Two weeks away