In the late summer of 2017, I set out with a goal to train for a 15K with a different perspective than my norm. I decided to document the process of my training, hoping that it will help to keep me accountable to my goals if I revisit them on the regular. This is week four.
Monday September 25 – Sunday October 1
Total Miles Planned: 10 miles.
Total Miles Ran: 8 ran, plus 13 walked.
Favorite Run: I ran a strong 3 miles of intervals one evening after work. I was having some computer issues and feeling frustrated before I hurried out the door to start my run. It’s been a while since I ran angry, and I forgot how rewarding it can be to put it all out on the pavement and shake off the negativity. I listened to a comedy podcast as I ran and found myself feeling much better by the time I made it back home. I’ve been loving the 2 minutes fast jogging + 2 minutes walking on repeat interval schedule these days.
Least Favorite Run: I cut my run short yesterday, after feeling like my legs were too heavy and my body exhausted, and my attitude was too down in the dumps to keep going. I was planning on a 5-mile run and instead made it 3. I made a compromise with myself that I could cut it short in exchange for taking special care of my tired legs instead. I wanted to quit after the first mile, so making it over half way of plan was good enough for me. I made it home and spent about an hour stretching my legs while I watched TV last night.
Other Workouts: Saturday’s speedy 2 miler may have been part of the reason my legs were so sore on Sunday. I also clocked several 30 minute walks throughout the week – sometimes in the mornings, but often in the evenings after a long work day.
Listening Notes: It was another podcast filled week of workouts; standouts include:
- Getting a Forking Forkful of The Good Place – Extra Hot Great [EHG.] If you’ve been around THS for a while, you may remember that EHG is my favorite podcast and one of the shows I often save to listen to during runs as a sort of bribery/reward. This episode was especially good to run to because the headline topic was a show I love [The Good Place] and the game rounds were fun to play along with – one of my favorite ways to pass the time while running intervals.
- Will and Grace are Back [but should they be?] – Nancy. I really like this podcast, which is currently in it’s freshman season. As a television/pop culture nerd, I really enjoyed the discussion about Will and Grace and what the show meant to the hosts and show guests.
#StokadeathonTraining Reflections: This week I was reminded that there is more to my training than simply logging miles.
Making the decision to cut my long run short in exchange for extra restorative yoga/stretching feels like a strong choice for a healthy training cycle.
Not getting enough sleep at night or not drinking enough fluids during the day effects how I feel during my evening runs.
Not eating breakfast and running late in the morning found me feeling off my game, a little light headed and dizzy after my shower [thankfully quickly fixed with lunch refueling.]
It’s important to remember moving forward that the choices I make when I’m not running really play a part on the experience I face when running.
Also, I really dig the fall weather that has been creeping in!