Last Saturday I had a pretty discouraging workout (I know, I take running way too seriously but I am a lot better about getting over bad workouts than I was a few years ago;) and I was WAY off on my assigned paces for the day. I texted my coach about it right after I finished and like usual he had some great things to say:
“Remember, you will not ‘hit’ every workout. It’s about pushing you. If you hit every workout then I am making them too easy for you.”
Saturday’s workout was much more of a mental workout for me. I wasn’t hitting my paces but the workout did a lot for me in the sense of learning to finish the workout when I was REALLY wanting to quit. Sometimes paces really don’t mean anything. It is hard for me to get past that because I am a numbers freak but I think it is really important to learn to run based on feel a bit. Knowing when you need to back off to avoid overtraining is so important. Knowing when it is okay to push yourself out of your comfort zone is huge. Running the splits that you set out to do isn’t always the most important part of the workout—> pushing yourself is and that may come out as a different pace than expected. Some days my easy runs with paces a few minutes slower per minute than my speed work feel really hard and that is because my legs are tired and I am in the middle of recovering from my last hard workout. Does that make any sense?
Basically—> I’m just telling you what I need to learn. Paces don’t always matter. Pushing yourself (when you are supposed to… not when you are supposed to be taking it easy) does.
Today was about hitting the paces after a day off from exercise, lots of sleep and sprinkle carb loading.
2.4 mile warm-up
8 x .5 miles (I went on the streets today because I get freaked out going to the track too early by myself) with about a 2.5 minute recovery jog in between each one.
Splits for the .5 miles—> 3:00, 2:55, 2:58, 2:56, 2:56, 2:56, 2:57, 2:55.
2.4 mile cool-down
10.7 miles total
The weather was nice and cool this morning which I am sure helped me to feel a lot better than I did on Saturday.
Megan was gone for Brooke’s birthday (how dare she;) and so we went to lunch today to celebrate.
Brooke received her first ever lip gloss and went to town.
You know you are in marathon training when you stop to stretch all over the place. Gotta keep those IT bands happy.
Princess Sofia isn’t a huge deal at our house or anything like that;)
I love seeing Mary using her HUNGRY shirt while practicing yoga!
My favorite mantras/phrases for race day are here!
Are you a runner crazy about numbers/splits/paces etc?
-I am and I need to take a step back from it often:)
Favorite phrases that you repeat during a race?
How was your run today? Hot? Humid? Good temps? Ready for Fall running?
What was your lunch today?