Congrats to all of my amazing friends who rocked it out at Chicago this weekend! I swear it seems like everyone had a PR and I am so excited to read all of their race reports. I’m hoping their enthusiasm will help my freak out to subside and get me back on the mental path to success in NYC.
The last few weeks I’ve been feeling pretty awful, not specifically in running, but more just that my health issues have been more in my face. I was stoked about having so many great long runs and then it seemed the wheels fell off. My consistent stomach ache and insomnia are adding up to create a lot of stress on my body which in turns means long runs and tempo runs have simply gotten way harder.
LONG RUN X 2
After talking with my new doc Thursday, it was decided that my long run needed to be split in 2; half in the am and half in the pm. Mentally this is where I was ready to freak out, but instead of having one extremely tough run that could have taken me out for days after…I had to less tough runs and feel pretty good today, which is probably better for my mental fortitude!.
I did a shake out of 4.2 Saturday, which immediately got me thinking I had to hit my 22 on Sunday because that would be a marathon weekend! This is exactly how crazy runners think and the kind of games that get us through peak training. Sunday I started the morning with Rebecca who was in town from New York. We did 10.5 miles on the beach and then I headed off to do another 2 and walk to cool down. I figured this put me just over half way so my second run wouldn’t feel so long.
Knowing that I’ve been super sick every time I eat, I decided to have a Naked Juice Green Machine post run. This along with an egg sandwich seemed to set ok, so next up was getting my brain on board to head out again later. Unfortunately my body thinks that Sunday after a run it’s time to chill out because that’s my reward!! So getting myself to restart at 3PM took a little doing, but I was able to get some momentum and I headed to the treadmill due to rain. The first 8 miles were ok, but that last 1.5…felt like mile 24 of the marathon. I had to try slowing down, speeding up, anything to get myself to stop thinking and just move. But I WASN’T going to stop! And yes, I followed this run with another Naked Juice because I still couldn’t stomach much more and I wanted as many nutrients as possible.
AM: 35 min walk, strength training
PM: 30 min yoga
AM: 8 miles - 10 x 1/2mile repeats @just under MP, 1 min recovery, 15 min walk, core
PM: 2.5 miles easy, 20 min walk
AM: 2 miles easy, 20 min walk, 45 min bike Avg 17mph
AM: 6 miles easy -- just couldn’t ever catch my breathe so no tempo as planned, 20 min walk
PM: Core, shoulders, stretch, 20 min walk
AM: Forced rest day…only I’m not that good at it so Chest, Shoulders and core
PM: 20 min walk, 20 min yoga
AM: 4.2 mile run, 15 min walk, 45 min Insanity workout with Shaun T
AM: 12.5 miles, 15 min walk
PM: 9.5 miles, 20 min walk
Have you ever tried splitting your long run? Do you run the day before or after your long run?
I am grateful for compression socks, which feel oh so fantastic to sleep in!