Yesterday’s workout went like this—> 1 mile w/u outside, 6 mile tempo at 6:49 average pace on the treadmill and 2 mile c/d outside. I needed to be outside for a little bit to get in some fresh air.
But needed my treadmill to run the fast part. Yeah, not going to be running fast on this stuff… while there were plenty of areas that were clear enough to run on, there were a bunch of spots like this below where I needed to walk. When I am doing a tempo run, I do not want to stop (either to walk or because I fell) and the treadmill gives me that perfect opportunity.
Something I was thinking about after I finished my run this morning was the fact that plateaus are just a part of training. I think I get SO excited about any and every improvement in my training (i.e. yesterday I kept patting myself on the back for increasing my tempo run by a mile and running it on average 2 seconds faster per mile compared to last week;) that I get hooked on that. I get this expectation that improvements should ALWAYS be happening. Like they are just a guarantee if we are putting in the work for our running. But I am positive with each training cycle that I have ever done that I’m not always improving. There are bumps along the weeks, there are setbacks and my linear graph that I would just love to go up forever has a few pauses in it, some curves down a bit and time when it is not going up. I’m glad that I am reminding myself at the beginning of this training cycle about this fact of training life.
There are also ways to help us to break out of those plateaus: running more hills, running with faster people, allowing ourselves more rest days if our body’s are overtrained, sleeping more at night, eating more nutritiously (and making sure we are eating ENOUGH to fuel all of our running), adding more intense workouts, making sure we are truly running easy on our easy days etc.
While seeing all of the improvements in our training feels very good, just remember… if you are anything like me, there will be some bumps and flat spots along the way to race day.
Brooke had a playdate yesterday and she was incredibly excited to get to see her friend. But first, she wanted to kiss my ear before leaving.
Lunch was a bowl with a sweet potato as the base and whatever else I could find to top it!
Followed by an apple while typing!
And then Brooke came home and we did the normal ‘pretend I am the mama dog and Brooke is the baby dog’ thing we do over here.
After that Andrew went for a run!
Andrew saw a few bald eagles yesterday while he was out on his run with Beretta. That’s the thing about running… when else would he have been in the area he was looking up at the trees than when he was out for a run. Running gets us out seeing things we wouldn’t normally see!
Beretta is all about this winter running. Andrew told me she wanted to jump in the river too ha!
We got to work on dinner.
Korean Beef Bowl for the win… it was so good!
Brooke was pretty happy about her one pink hand and one purple hand. The best of both worlds.
I bet Beretta is happy that Brooke is into trying to dress up her stuffed animals instead of her…
A quick trip to the library and we called it a night (well… Andrew and I did after 2.1 episodes of House).
Who runs with their dog? How does your dog feel about the winter?
What was your dinner last night? Was it satisfying or still hungry for more?
What fruit do you eat most often? What fruit do you wish you could eat most often?
Red meat… yay or nay?