All of your comments on last week’s post have made me feel so much better. Sometimes you just need to hear that you aren’t alone in the burn out/exhaustion/struggling to recover phase. I wish I could say that that translated into stellar workouts this week (there was actually a serious lack of workouts), but at least it helped me gain a better perspective on it all.
Monday - Rest day. Spent the day at a conference in the city that required hiking up a massive hill, so I’m calling that my workout :).
Tuesday - Bonus rest day as the conference wrapped up. Round 2 with the hill…and glad there was no round 3.
Wednesday - Extra long bike commute. This was supposed to happen Thursday, but I swapped workouts since it worked better with my schedule for the week. I ended up covering 10.15 miles in bike commuting.
Thursday - Regular bike commute of 6.9 miles. After getting home from work, we headed over to the track for a little speed work. We ran 1 mile of warm up, 4 x 600 meters at threshold with a 200 meter jog to recover, and then a 1 mile cool down. My legs took a LONG time to warm up for this workout, and it wasn’t until the 3rd set that I actually started feeling somewhat decent. It was at that point that the sun started going down enough that the temps dropped substantially…and that was pretty awesome. We’ve been experiencing a hot and humid spell in the Bay Area recently, and I have not enjoyed it. I ended up covering 3.91 miles in 35:35.
Friday - Bike commute of 6.9 miles. I was supposed to do a tempo run with striders, as well, but I didn’t have enough time to get it in before going to work. And despite hoping I could squeeze it in over lunch, I didn’t make it out of the lab for more than a quick 10 min lunch. I wish I could have gotten this one in, but I can’t stress about it.
Saturday - As a Berkeley Half Marathon Ambassador, I spent the day working at The San Francisco Marathon expo at Fort Mason. I had a great time getting runners registered for our brand new course and getting excited for race day, which is just over 3 months away now! It was also really fun to meet some of the other Ambassadors and see some of the awesome running friends I’ve made out here. It definitely made me thankful for having such an incredible opportunity in my life.
Sunday - I woke up Sunday morning with the intention of getting my workout out of the way in the morning. However, when we took Pepper out for a walk around 10 am and it was already blazing hot, I decided an evening run might be a better option. And using the justification that I should get some evening runs in to prepare for Ragnar & Tower of Terror, I pushed the long run off while working on some other items at home (like scheduling an appointment to get a California drivers license since we bought a car this week!). Once we got out on the run, I was glad we were waited until the weather was slightly cooler. The run was tough enough as it was, and I can’t imagine having to also battle the heat. I was running with Matt so we did a 1 min walk break every 2 miles (he’s making a come back post-bike accident), and we ran together for the first 9 miles. I really only thought about getting through each 2 miles section, and I thought there was no way I was going to get through it. After 9 miles, I dropped Matt off at home and took off for the final two. The first 1.2 miles were all uphill, but I knew I’d be able to finish strong on a downhill back home. It was tough. It was brutal. But I somehow finished. And honestly, that was good enough for me yesterday. I ended up finishing the 11 miles in 1:49:58. Slow, but accomplished.
Your Turn: How has your training been going? Can you believe that after selling my car in 2006 I bought my first car as an adult last week?? I still can’t!