Endurance is patience concentrated.
Thomas CarlyleHopped back on the running horse this past Sunday with a frustrating 2 miles. My joints were stiff as all heck and I could barely extend my left knee. I had hoped by taking a full week off that my body would have the chance to rest and recharge and be ready to spring back into action like it barely missed a beat. But instead it has taken a few days to work out all the kinks and to slowly remind my body what it feels like to run. Today I feel back in business and ready to slowly move forward.
With my last training cycle ending on a rather rocky patch, I have to be rather conscious and cautious of how I progress my workouts. Yes, I lost some weight. Yes, I lost some speed. And yes, I lost my mind. After the weather had made my spring race plans a bit murky, I didn't think that 2 extra weeks of training would really do any damage. But I was wrong, and can't do anything about that now. Just have to move forward and slowly work to build up what I lost during those weeks.
So what now?
Just a little race called the Chicago Marathon on 10/7.
Back in February the hubby and I registered for the CM12, this will be D's first marathon since 2006 and he is currently in week 1 of his training. Plans for this race thus far are pretty loose for me. I'm not certain as to if I'm up to racing it or just hanging with the hubby to just enjoying the miles and be his support system. I more then likely won't make a concrete decision about this for some time, but will more then likely spend July-October training for this race as if I were going for a PR attempt either way. If there is anything that I've realized in the past 12+ months, it's that my body can only handle about 12 weeks of hardcore training before things start heading south. So I'm going to try
Even put in 2x2 miles @ goal marathon pace (7:10-15) in the heat the other day to feel out that sub 3:10 pace I may go for.
Splits: 7:13, 7:07, 7:12, 7:03
May not have been inventing the wheel with this workout here, but I could feel the heat radiating off the lakefront path as I was sweating buckets breathing in the heavy air which oddly smelled like tar and dead fish. It felt pretty darn good to be moving with ease at that pace in those conditions feeling light on my feet. I figure that it's going to be hot as all heck this summer, so mine as well head out in the heat of the late morning hours and get adjusted to it sooner rather then later. If you can't beat em, join em.
Other then the marathon I've only committed myself to one other race at this time, the Bastille's Day 5k on July 12th, and I'm holding off for now on a fall 1/2 PR attempt. It may happen, but I don't want to over extend myself and put too many things on my plate too early. Hopefully I'll be able to make an appearance at this awesome race on Labor Day weekend that really holds a special place in my heart. But taking things just one day at a time for now.
Until then I've just got to be patient building back what I lost in the past month. It's amazing what a week off can do for your body and mind, and while I know that I've lost some speed I'm more then okay with that because I've gained back my peace of mind. Rest cannot be overrated.
8x400's @ just under goal 5k pace (1:27-29, 6 min pace)
Splits: 1:29, 1:29, 1:27, 1:27, 1:27, 1:27, 1:22, 1:25
Legs felt great, stomach was another story. Stepped out for this workout about 75 minutes after a very strange lunch which violently threatened to reappear after the 8th interval, so even though I was hoping for 10x400's today I'm gladly settling with 8.
Slowly but surely I'm getting my mojo back, and couldn't be happier that I took those 8 days off.