"You can't control your level of talent, but you can control your level of effort."
This is the first week where I finally felt like I was able to train hard. It felt so good! Each run left me feeling pushed to the limit- which is exactly what I like. At the beginning of this week I'm not sure what I will be able to do. The 12 miler on Saturday left my foot (that seemed to be getting much better) pretty sore again. I don't regret the training I did, but I'm grateful that this week is a bit of a taper week.
Monday: Cycling 13.8 miles in 50 minutes, 16.6 mph. This was definitely my hardest on the big thus far. Even did a few "sprints".
Tuesday: ITBS Rehab, and 5 mile tempo. I did 1 mile WU, 3 tempo miles at 6:51, 6:54, and 6:58, and then a 1 mile CD. I ran in the rec center and it was so. hot. I wanted to die, but, as always, I was so glad I pushed myself hard.
Wednesday: Cycling, 12 miles in 45 minutes, 16 mph. Strength training from Run Less, Run Faster.
Thursday: 4.58 miles hills with 8:12 average pace, 306 foot gain. Ran with Jami and she smoked me. Again. I'm starting to wonder if I will ever be able to keep up with her on the uphill again???
Friday: Cycling, 12 miles in 1 hr. This was super easy- just keeping my legs moving. NTC- sculpted arms.
Saturday: 12 miles at 7:59 average pace. I ran with Jami for the first 6 miles, and then finished the last 6 by myself. I felt really great until the last mile and a half, and then it started to feel hard. It was windy, but thankfully we weren't running into it (except when we were climbing the one hill on the route- of course). My foot wasn't too painful during the run, but it has been bothering me pretty bad since.
For Saturday's run I organized a group of girls to drive to a spot and then we'd all run back home. We all rode up together and then we split up because we all run a different pace. Even though we weren't together the whole time while running, it was still so much fun.
|Yours Truly, Katie, Jami, Mindy, and Jill|
We started running at about 6 AM, so we got to watch the sun rise. It was so beautiful! I wished I had my camera on me to capture a neon pink Mt. Timpanogos. I couldn't resist this shot of my running view when I was driving back from picking up my car.
I know I post a lot of pictures of the mountains, but I'm in love with them, so you'll just have to deal.
Last week's goal: Strength train 4 times. I didn't hit 4, but I did work on legs twice. I still feel really good about my workout week. I was active everyday and felt great- that is what is most important.
This week's goal: Listen to my body. I've been trying to pretend that my foot issue isn't as big of a deal as it really is. 3 weeks after the incident and it is still bothering me. So, I'm going to be careful this week and if I'm still feeling pain walking, I'm going to cross train instead of run. As much as I hate to do it, I think that's what has to happen.
Sometimes do you wonder if "racing" is even worth it? Is it better to just take it easy and enjoy yourself without putting on the pressure?
Lately I have been thinking about this a lot. This training cycle has left me feeling so helpless. I just never know what I am going to be able to do and it has been frustrating. I feel like if I pull out of the marathon, or decide to just run it in 4 hours or something, then I wouldn't be stressing so much and I would be better at listening to my body. I just don't know what to do. I'm feeling very conflicted.