My long run today was a bust I didn’t announce how far I was going because I had a bad feeling that today wasn’t the day.
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Back to my running: I went out with the intention to do 16 miles, but that quickly changed to 14, which then changed to 13.5 with a lot of walking.
At first I was super frustrated and disappointed. Ben and I talked about my goals this week and before he left for work he told me to push myself and do it
So, I felt like a huge failure, which only made me want to walk more.
*I also thought my route was 16 miles round trip and when I got to the end of the trail at 6.7 I just wanted to turn around. I ended up finding a way to do 7 and then turned around though. I think if the route was 8 out I would have done it because I would have had no choice, but I still would have walked a TON.
Then, I went over this week of running. I am very “set in my ways” with regards to my running days. I do long runs on Saturdays. Rest on Sundays. Repeat. It’s my little life and I like it.
Today’s Friday run threw me for a loop. But it was more than that. I don’t think I was fully recovered from the half this weekend. My legs felt tired all day Monday and Tuesday – probably because I didn’t take a cold water bath after. I did that after the Malibu half and didn’t feel as run down the following week.
Anyways, the combination of me having strong similarities to Rain Man and needing to stick to my schedule plus running a half marathon 5 days ago did not make for a good long run today.
And I’m sad.
But, this has also been a ton of excuses that I need to sift through to find the real problems so I can fix them.
Writing all this out has proved to be a learning experience.
1. I need to ice and stretch after long runs and races if I want to recover quickly.
2. If I want to race more (and I do) I need to factor that into my recovery and training. I need to do long runs on other days and it’s not the end of California.
3. I need to push myself harder. I can’t wait for all the stars to align for me to have a good run. I can’t make excuses if I want to PR. I have to get used to being uncomfortable and just accept it.
4. A Lean Cuisine frozen pizza does not satisfy a “real” pizza craving. Oh, but that has nothing to do with running I guess.
When I got back from my run I ate half of a Snickers protein bar. Yes, these taste like a “real” Snickers and I like them. Took a cold water bath – no ice.
Then, ate pizza and pears and salad.
Now I have a paper to do and I will be MIA until tonight. For real. Like, if you see me here then tell me to go away.
Question: Who else wants pizza?!