Week 9 Training Recap

I am feeling wrecked in so many ways. I thought I was putting in some good work this week until I started to get a head cold and stomach bug. I also lost a lot of confidence in myself after previewing the whole Wallis Sands half marathon course during today’s long run. But leading up to Saturday, I was getting reassurance in my training.

I was pleasantly surprised with Monday’s cruise intervals. I was aiming to run around a 8 minute average pace for each of the (4) 10 minute intervals. I was halfway through the first interval and I was around a 7 minute pace, so I decided that would be the goal for each interval. I was so stoked by the end of the run as the average pace for the splits were (7:11, 6:58, 6:59 & 6:51).

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Thursday’s Long Intervals (Warm-up: 10 min – 6x 5 min/3 min rest – Cool-down: 10 min)

I was able to meet up with some friends for a little trail run Wednesday, which was nice to see some old faces and be out there not really caring about training metrics. I should have went easier and not accrued so much elevation gain, since I had my long interval run the next day but it was hard not to feel carefree on the trails. As for the long intervals, I wasn’t looking forward to them since I had to run 6 intervals instead of 5, like last week. The good thing is I ran better than last week, although I was drained before the last interval. I believe a big part of the success this week compared to last week was my breathing technique. Last week my core was so sore and painful. I know that when I was breathing, I was practically gasping for air, mouth opened wide and trying to suck every O2 molecule out of the air. This week though, I noticed when I had more of a “controlled” breath as I gasped for air I had no core pain or soreness. I can only hope I remember this moving forward.

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Little Bear and Speedy feeling the wind on Saturday’s Long Run with Speed Play

I threw in a sick day since the head cold got the best of me and rendered me useless Friday. I also thought it would benefit me on Saturday when I preview the half marathon course. Unfortunately, Saturday’s long run was all sorts of wrong. I felt queasy on the drive out to the coast, which could of been nerves or that stomach bug. Most likely, it was both of them. I was excited for the warm temperature, but the wind being at 16mph made it feel like the low 30s. As the wind made it a rather blustery day, I struggled the whole time trying to push the stroller with all the head wind. It felt like I was trying to push a tank. My body took such a beating today, physically and mentally. All I know is if, a big IF, the wind is anything like today on race day, I can kiss my goals goodbye. I know I should only worry about what I can control, but after running the whole course with today’s conditions and my own ill symptoms, race day doesn’t look bright. I don’t know if I am going to be able to find the spark I need within the last 4 weeks of training. So all I can do is keep my head down and keep to the plan. I’ll worry about the mental aspect the day before the race. As of right now though….it’s looking bleak!

RECAP:

Apr 02 – 50 minute Foundation Run <SOLO/Trails> – 4.71 miles (46 degrees and sunny)

Apr 03 – 72 minute Cruise Intervals – 8.86 miles (50 degrees and sunny)

Apr 04 – 60 minute Foundation Run – 6.13 miles (39 degrees and raining)

Apr 05 – 70 minute Foundation Run <SOLO/Trails> – 5.42 miles (43 degrees and cloudy)

Apr 06 – 68 minute Long Intervals Run – 7.48 miles (36 degrees and raining)

Apr 07 – Sick Day!

Apr 08 – 14 Mile Long Run with Speed Play – 14.00 miles (43 degrees and cloudy)

Week 8 Training Recap

I definitely felt this week’s training toward the end. It could also be potty training too. I’m super happy for Little Bear to grasp the concept very easily, but after 2 weeks, I wish she would go on her own without having the need for me to be there. I can’t wait until both these trainings are over with. It’s the first time in 5 weeks where I ran more than 50 miles in a week. A part of me is happy, but the realist in me knows I’m technically short by 30+ miles if I was able to follow the original plan. As they say….”SHIT HAPPENS.”

So it was a battle zone this past week mentally. I pulled out the lazy card on Monday. I was absolutely over training and running in general. I have had issues with my watch again and the heart rate monitor. I can’t seem to dial it in and it’s becoming a distraction, a frustrated one at that! Then I was able to sneak away for some trails, which I was trying to hold off on until after the race in case I end up twisting an ankle or whatever else may occur on the trail that would set me back. But it was relaxing and enjoyable. I felt free from the pressures of training and was able to just focus on my footing and not my heart rate and other metrics. I can tell my aerobic endurance has increased along with having stronger legs. I was able to run the trails without having to stop and walk up the 2 big climbs, which was different. Granted I wasn’t pushing myself, but it was still nice to be able to run the whole thing.

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Long Intervals: How I felt

A double run day? Yeah, that appeared out of no where. It was more of… the girls need a nap and my wife needed some down time. Thursday’s long interval session was brutal, absolutely stressful and a true nightmare all balled up.  This run was the first time I felt like I had to puke. It was like someone punching you in the stomach and then running for 5 minutes as hard as you can with a 3 minute rest period, then repeat for a total of 5 intervals. My core never experienced so much pain! I did noticed some lactate build up, which I could have mustered through. Unfortunately, the stomach pain was so bad, I forgot I had lactate build up in my legs. The only positive thing I could walk away from that day was a new mile PR, 05:54.4 and that is with the double stroller! The previous PR was 05:57 and that was without a stroller.

Saturday’s long run was completely off. I felt horrible the whole run. I wasn’t excited to be out running in the sloppy mess that was on the ground. Really, 16″ of snow in April? The roads weren’t too bad by the time I got out there with the girls, but between the stroller, the passing cars and my foot landing in slush, I was completely waterlogged. I was so unhappy with the splits and glad the run was over. It leaves me thinking if I’m going to be ready for May 7th or if I may just scrap the training plan and do whatever I feel like. Maybe find the pure joy of running again, since it has become such a daunting task everyday. I really don’t know what’s in store for me as the final weeks start to close in, but one thing is in for certain, I can’t wait until the last week or so to decide. I guess I will truly see how resilient and mentally strong I am as race day will be here before I know it.

RECAP:

Mar 26 – 90 minute Foundation Run – 9.22 miles (37 degrees and cloudy)

Mar 27 – LAZY DAY :o(

Mar 28 – 50 minute Foundation Run – 5.33 miles (36 degrees and cloudy)

Mar 29 – 65 minute Foundation Run <SOLO/Trails> – 6.58 miles (39 degrees and cloudy)

100 minute Recovery Run – 9.27 miles (45 degrees and cloudy)

Mar 30 – 55 minute Long Intervals Run – 6.33 miles (46 degrees and sunny)

Mar 31 – 35 minute Recovery Run – 3.10 miles (36 degrees and cloudy)

Apr 01 – 14 Mile Long Run with Speed Play – 14.40 miles (34 degrees and snowing)