Training Update Feb 4- Feb 10
This was a very interesting week for me to say the least. Typically I am very good at managing stress and rarely get overwhelmed by it; this past week was not the case. By Tuesday I was losing it and was in what I like to call one of my “I hate everyone” moods. When I get like this, which is rare, it lasts maybe a day or two and everything little thing people do annoys the hell out of me. This typically happens when I don’t get my Dustin time. This week this mood lasted well into Thursday when I finally snapped out of it and got back to normal.
This stress really manifested itself physically in that I was just exhausted and tired. Despite this I had an extremely successful week of training. This was my most challenging week of training thus far and I am proud to say I nailed it. It also marks 1 year since I really started regular running and training. I am going to do a separate reflection post here shortly on this past year. Stay tuned for that! Until then a training update!
Monday Feb 4
Off day for running. 1hr Yoga.
Tuesday Feb 5
1hr. 6.5 easy miles with Shawn. Altra Instincts 1.5. Bidwell Park loop with levy. This was a great easy smooth run. The stress of school and my job was really starting to overwhelm me; the run helped me de-stress a bit. Had a great conversation with Shawn about what was stressing me out; helped me gear up to face it a bit.
Wednesday Feb 6
AM: 1hr Yoga
PM: 3 miles – 40 min. + 4 miles – 35 min. Altra Instinct 1.5. Very frustrating run. I was already in an extremely foul mood for the day and the shenanigans of this run made it worse. The entire day I was looking forward to unleashing my stress on this run and it didn’t happen. A friend wanted to join Sean and I; by mile 1.5 she needed to turn around due to stomach problems. We turned around and walked back and drove her home. After this we didn’t have enough time to do a full 1.5 hour run. So we went hard for 4 miles consistently. I wasn’t upset with our friend for getting sick, just very frustrated that this run was tanked.
Thursday Feb 7
5 miles. 50 Minutes. WREC track. Altra Instinct 1.5. This was the run where I realized my stress and physically manifested itself in the form of exhaustion. Immediately felt like I had been running all day. My legs were stiff and leaden, my technique was sloppy, and I felt out of breath immediately. I tried to focus on this is as a chance to practice running while feeling like crap. This run was miserable. Afterwards I felt a bit clearer headed though.
I followed the run with 30 minutes of stretching and yoga wall work. Felt pretty good after this.
Friday Feb 8
Off day for running. 20 min stretching. Tried to jump into a Yoga class but it was full, so I did some stretching on my own instead. Feeling great today though; I was able to kick my foul mood the night before. I got to have a good de-stress session and a chance to verbally process everything going through my head and it did the trick.
Saturday Feb 9
AM: 2hrs 4 min. 13.1 miles. Amazing run with Sean! This was the longest I had ever run at once. I started out very tight and tired, again I think this was the stress of the week physically manifesting itself. By mile 3 I felt nice and warmed up as well as good to go. Throughout the run I had some left leg numbness again and some tightness in my glutes. This tightness was new and not something I had never felt before. Otherwise a great run in the morning sunshine! Felt insanely proud at the end of this and only a little beat up. My knees and ankle were a little swollen and stiff from the pounding.
PM: I could tell I needed a walk and some stretching and rolling to loosen up. 45 min walking, stretching and rolling in preparation for tomorrows second 2hr run.
Sunday Feb 10
AM: 2hrs 20min. 13.1 Miles. Altra Superiors. Paradise flumes trail. I was able to hit my second half marathon distance two days in a row! I feel spectacularly proud of this. Sean and I were really looking forward to hitting up the Flumes again and seeing how far out we could get on them. I felt very tired right away, not so much stiff or tight but leaden. It took me until about mile 4 to feel smooth and warmed up. The trail featured lots of different terrain; mud, dirt, pine needles, metal grates and snow which was a pleasant surprise. Nice and flat for 95% of the run. Felt great at an hour out and decided to push ourselves to hit a second half marathon distance. The last 3 miles were rough, I was exhausted. But I took it as a chance to practice running under exhaustion. It was a good exhaustion too; tired and worn out versus bruised and beat up which is typical of how I feel towards the end of most long runs. Over the last week or so I had been questioning my progress, as I feel there have been many set-backs. This run renewed my confidence that I am progressing and where I should be.
PM: 30 min Walk, Stretch, Roll. Again I knew if I didn’t keep moving I was going to stiffen up. I went to the Wrec for a walk, stretch and rolling session.
44.7 Miles/ 5hr 25 min running
4hrs Supplemental Training
9 hrs 25min total training time
This week was a peak for me. Really proud of how much I accomplished this week and besides a bit tired I feel great! I was worried the stress of the week would impact my training, it very well may have, but none-the-less I had a great training week. I did a good job of taking care of my body between runs this week and am hoping to continue that. I feel it will allow me to continue making strides in my training. There is much more I want to talk about but I will save it for another post. Until then, Thanks for reading!