Last week was rough from a training perspective. What was supposed to be a 46 mile week was nowhere near. Like, nowhere. It’s painful to think about actually.
I managed 4 runs and I completed my long run, tempo run and speed work day and even threw in a crazy hilly route on my tempo day. So not a total loss? I have to remind myself that Hanson’s is not your typical training plan. A low week or a couple missed days actually just drops me down to a more typical training schedule, but I love Hanson’s. I want to follow it as closely as I can because I think it works for me. But life and Summer are teaching me flexibility in a whole new way. Here’s how it all went down……..
Monday: easy 7 on the schedule. I did an easy 4(the day before I had run 12) and strength training. I’m shortening all the Monday easy run’s to add a strength routine into this training cycle.
Tuesday: 4×1200 with 400m recovery…I don’t even remember what I ended up with. Sad I know.
Thursday: 8 tempo scheduled…did 4 miles and strength
Friday: Did 6 hilly tempo miles
Saturday: easy 8 scheduled…..didn’t happen. But I had GREAT intentions. We swam and I made cake instead….fair trade right?
Ya’ll. Back to running in a sec. I made the Pioneer Woman’s chocolate sheet cake and oh. my. word. BEST EVER. Heat it up before you eat it if it cools completely and add some vanilla bean ice cream. Yes I’m a trainer and a runner, but I also dig cake. And just whatever about it.
Sunday: 10 long…done.
So, Monday and Tuesday were fine. Wednesday I got a little stomach bug that was just enough to mess up Thursday’s scheduled tempo run. So, I did a shorter run Thursday and some weights. Friday morning I overslept a little(see how awesome I’m doing at this whole thing? Insert eyeroll and sarcasm) so I only had time for 6 before my husband had to leave for work. So I added the hilliest route I could think of and did my tempo miles on hills. Supa fun.
Saturday. Saturday mornings my husband leaves really early for his long rides(he’s training for a half ironman…so most mornings of the week he’s out the door by 5 or 5:30 which is making this really tricky). So, my plan had been to run that afternoon on my treadmill . We went swimming that morning and the day just got away from me plus the plumber showed up to work in the bathroom. Remember the cake? Yea. Before I knew it it was 2:30 and I still had to go to the store and make the cake and shower and get ready…..and clean up my house. Sorry run, you’ll just have to wait.
So, that gets me to Sunday. Happy to say I did all scheduled 10 miles and even though it started out rough, something clicked and it turned out to be a great run with another great sunrise.
So, what do you do when you are just NOT following your plan and your mind is struggling to get in the game? I’m not sure I know the answer. I think with the construction, crazy work/training schedule for my husband, kids home and getting a little stir crazy and the super intense heat, my motivation is lacking. Also, to train for a marathon in our town at 5am and feel like I’m not going to get swiped off a “trail”(because we don’t really have trail’s around here. A few path’s that don’t go that far, but it’s better than nothing) I have to follow the most lit and populated route. Which gets BORING. Am I alone here? I can not for the life of me stand running the same route all the time. And trust me, I’ve changed it up in every possible.
It’s the distance passing the same gas stations and grocery stores that is absolutely killing me mentally. I know it sounds dumb, but I’m struggling the most with my mind. My run’s are getting boring and I don’t know how to fix it. I had the same issue last Fall but I was running later in the day so I could be more creative. When it’s early and dark I feel like I need to play it safe. So, it leaves me with a mental game starting the night before. Wondering how I could get out of it and how I could swing doing it later in the day. But people….it’s HOT. So, running 16 miles or even my shorter runs that are now up to 6-8 miles, is really only doable early in the morning. So, that’s where I am.
Just trying to keep it real with ya’ll. I don’t always love training especially for longer distances like a marathon. It gets hard. It’s summer and there are so many other things vying for my attention. But, I’ve decided the best thing I can do is take it a week at a time and keep trucking. Even if it’s half the distance on the calendar, do it. Do something. It’s better than nothing. I’m so excited to see how my body has adapted to the heat. I’m seeing my pace drop in spite of the heat and humidity which was something I NEVER thought possible for me.
So, I know Fall running is going to feel fresh and awesome and new. I know running is mental as much as it is physical, even more so sometimes. It’s what’s going on in our mind’s that can make or break a run. So, I have to make a choice. A choice to push forward in spite of what’s going on in my mind. To train smart but to be flexible and willing to adapt to a different schedule depending on the week. To be thankful for the other moments happening in life like my husband’s race coming up, Lila learning to swim, Texas Sheet cakes(yes, we celebrate good new cake recipe’s), and a new bathroom. Hope you all are loving your training this summer, but if you’re not or find yourself struggling like me, hang in there. Keep going out the door to run. Because your body and mind might just surprise you and give you that one awesome run to fuel the rest of your training. Hang in there guys..Fall is a comin!!!!
Do you struggle running the same route??
Any awesome new recipe’s or cakes you’ve made lately? Do share….we love cake=)