Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: ‘Yes’.
-Paul Tergat, Kenyan professional marathoner
Distance: 10 miles
Time: ~1:30:00 (No idea of the exact time)
Pace: around 9 min ???
Run: Long run on the indoor track
I was so lazy all last week. I don’t feel too guilty about it. I still got my workouts done. School starts this coming week and this was my last chance to be truly lazy for a long time. I felt like it was the calm before the storm. Maybe lazy isn’t quite the right word. I just allowed myself to rest this week, which is not something I normally do. But most of the week, I felt bored. I like to be busy. I like to be working towards goals and deadlines. This week I couldn’t start any projects because I only had 5 days off. And everything I had lined up to do, like getting my house clean and clearing out the clutter, seemed so uninteresting.
However, I did manage to do all my workouts. That is the one goal I still had this week. And the deadline is kind of far off, but it’s coming and I know it. And I didn’t want to come back to the blog and say, “No I couldn’t do all my workouts and I have no good excuse because I had all the time in the world this week.”
If I’m honest, on a normal week I frequently skip leg day, and then I might skip abs or I might skip HIIT, but I never skip the running days. Since I’m training for a trail marathon, I thought that on race day I would be wishing I had devoted myself to leg day and I would probably need a solid core as well. That being said, I could only do 2 of 3 rounds on leg day. My legs are so weak! And then I could barely walk the next day. I felt like I was doing a cowboy strut on Wednesday. Tonight I finished the upper body/core workout and my abs feel quivery now. I’ve been slacking on strength training and I’m feeling it. Better now than on race day though.
Distance: 4.63 miles
Weather: 25-30 degrees, sunny, warming up for the day
Run: Gentle run with a friend – conversation pace
Right now my coach only has me running twice a week – Mondays and Fridays. Monday I ran with a friend which was a refreshing change. I love having company when I run. I had ordered new shoes over the weekend, but they didn’t arrive until after our run. I got the same ones I had before.
On Friday, I had my long run, 10 miles. I was in town all day on Friday so I was planning on running the Linear Trail, which goes around Manhattan. But I was in a hurry leaving the house and I forgot my watch and my running vest. I had packed shorts in case I deemed it too cold to run on the trail. Since I had forgotten some gear, I opted to run 10 miles on the indoor track at K-State. I’ve run on it multiple times, but I think a max of 4 miles. On this track, 5 laps = 1 mile. So I ran 50 laps on the indoor track in my Brand New Shoes.
The ONLY good thing I can say about it is, at least my new shoes are still clean because they are getting sent back. By mile 5, I felt like someone had cut off all my toes. My toes felt like they were asleep and on fire at the same time. I was planning on taking a water break at lap 25 already, so I stopped and actually took my shoes and socks off to inspect my feet. They were fine – no blisters – but they hurt so bad. I massaged them a little and felt the life going back into them. I stretched a tiny bit and they felt better. (UGH and then, I hit RESET on my phone stopwatch and LOST my time!! This was very frustrating to me, but not really important.) I suffered through 13.5 more laps and then walked 1.5 laps until I got to 8 miles total. I stopped again for water and tried to decide if I was going to quit or not. I did a quick full body assessment – everything felt great except my toes. I already knew there were no blisters, it was just the shoes. I was in real pain, but I wasn’t injuring myself. I REALLY wanted to finish the 10 miles so my legs would get the workout. I decided the best way to finish 10 more laps was to run them as fast as I could. This turned out to be a good strategy because the change in gate made my toes feel better, at least for 7 of the 10 laps. The last three laps were sheer grit-my-teeth-willpower.
I can’t wait to put these shoes in the box and mail them back. Thanks Zappos for free shipping and free returns!
Now they are the exact same shoes I had before and here’s what I think the problem is: When I got these shoes last year, they made my toes fall asleep. But at the time I was only running 3 or 4 miles in each run so I was able to break them in over a few months and they eventually became really comfortable. I don’t have time for that now. I need shoes that won’t kill me. I’ll be at the running store this coming week, probably trying on every shoe they sell.
Workouts for the Week: 5
Total Miles: 14.63
Goal for Next Week: Try to hit every workout even though it is the first week of school.
Thanks for being my accountability this week. I know I was a lazy creature all week and I didn’t get my entire house de-cluttered, but I kept training and I’m still working towards my marathon goal.