I apologize for the lack of post last week, and for not being around much this week, but I am sure you were able to survive without knowing how my running is going! I have one final left on Tuesday, and then I am finished with my MBA!
Overall, it is going very well, but my workout yesterday was a total fail. I will go into that more later.
|Frances snapped this immediately after I finished my run during the super rain storm; SMILE!|
If you are interested in giving this a try; you run 10x800 on a track, with the same recovery as you ran for the repeat. Ideally, you should run this workout between 2-3 weeks before a marathon as one of your last hard workouts. People also use this workout to see how far they have come; running it halfway through the segment, and then again 2-3 weeks before. I have known a lot of my running friends who have tried this and agree it works. From my workout, I agree!
My second workout was a "short" (for me) tempo. I ran it without my Garmin, without looking at a watch; just ran. This was important as it was another way of proving I am listening to my body. I had been stretching myself too thin with all I had going on that week, and did not want to jump over the injury line. It went well, and I was happy with my pace.
With Penn Relays in full swing, I took the weekend easy, and ran my 18 mile progression run (+1 for cool down), on Monday. This went very well, although I could only use the mile markers on the ground, as I still had not recieved my new Garmin. I did not look at them as I went, just split the watch each time. I averaged 6:18 pace for the 18 miles; including my last 4 miles under 6:00. This shows me I am definitely in good shape.
Yesterday was a big mess. With this being the state of Kelly Drive, I had to look for an alternate location to do my 1.5 mile repeats.......
Stupidly, I decided I would be able to run to a bike path in Manayunk.....not realizing just how far it was from my apartment. I intended to do 3-3.5 warm up, but at 4 miles I was still a mile away. I decided to start my first repeat anyway........down a giant, very steep hill, very aware that I would have to run up this on my final repeat if I was going to avoid going significantly over on my mileage that day. By the second repeat, began to panic, hyperventilating, and on the verge of tears. Each repeat became progressively slower, and I considered quitting. On the fourth, I did. I was very disappointed in myself, and proceeded to run as hard as I could up the hill on the way back, but I do not quit workouts! I do not know what happened here, but I hope it shows that everyone has bad days, everyone lets their mind get the better of them sometimes.
Many people think running comes easy to elites, but I hope this post shows you that we are only human, I am only human, and as tough as I am, I panicked up, and I quit. I am hoping this will come to mind in my race at the Brooklyn Half in a few weeks as a reminder to push myself on to reach my goals.
This post is now close to being a full essay, so I will end here. Training is going well, I know I am in good shape, the only other issue I should mention is that I am STILL having issues with my stomach on almost every workout. Yesterday was the first workout I did not have to stop midway.....I really need to figure this out as fast as possible. I eat very bland the day of workouts, so my only thought is stress right now.
Do you ever let your mind get the better of you? How do you deal with stomach upsets? What is your favorite workout to do before a marathon?
Wish us luck this weekend! I am going to miss my explorers!
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