Thursday, June 21, 2012

getting my mojo back

Endurance is patience concentrated.
Thomas Carlyle 
Hopped 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 somethings a lot of things different this fall to get to that starting line on 10/7 as prepared as possible so that the legs are feeling extra zesty.

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.

Today's workout:
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.


  1. I think that it is awesome that you have found what your body works best to and how much that it can take. It takes a long time to figure out how training should be since there are so many different things to try - now you can expect a couple of easy weeks after 12 hard ones... I am jealous.. I don't know what my body wants yet!

  2. Woohoo!!! Do you keep running journals so you can begin to tell where your body hits the breaking point? It might be fun to enjoy Chicago with the man - takes off some pressure. If that is your game plan - sounds like you should do that fall half PR! Think about which one would be more important for you to be super speedy!! You're quite the running inspiration.

  3. It sounds as if you know your body really well and that you also do a good job of listening to it - that's awesome. Keep up the great work and you'll definitely be ready to get out there to train for the CM!

  4. Good for you for taking the rest your body needed. I'm sure the heat has played a factor in how you feel as well.

  5. Just by your ability and training, that sub 3:10 is in your hands. The hard part is getting the mind in tune with what your body can do:) you are a super strong athlete, excited to follow along in your next training cycle!

  6. I am just like you, I can't handle more than 12 solid weeks of training. So I am only building miles slowly right now, no speed work. Will save that for the last 12 weeks. Good luck!

  7. The thing I love about running is that everyone has what works for them. At least you know how much hard training you can take. The same goes for me. I will be training for my 4th full next Jan. I realized that I can't do my long runs anywhere close to MP. I reeeeally have to slow it down. And I'm already slow. haha

  8. I'm so excited for everyone firing up Chi Marathon training! I will be there spectating this year--very happy about that! ha!

  9. You have plenty of time and will be ready to rock sub 3:10 for sure!

  10. I'm looking forward to reading about your training for the Chicago Marathon. I'm really trying to focus on staying injury-free this time!

    1. Yes, me too! When training for a marathon the most difficult part is getting to the starting line healthy! Best to you with your training!

  11. so awesome that you’ve really been able to tune in and figure out what the best combo of rest and stress is for your body to respond to! time off after a training cycle is so necessary - though the first couple runs back are never really smooth haha. Glad you’ve got your mojo back and with time your marathon goal will become more clear!

  12. Happy to hear that you are doing well in the heat running! And that you figured out the 12-week cycle is your limit. It's crazy how long some of those marathon training programs are... it becomes a mental struggle at the end!

  13. mojo!!! sorry, love that word. :) u missy have ample mojo and never lost it...mmmk. great fist speedy workout back, awesome that the legs were popping but NOT good that the stomach decided to start a mutiny on u!! ugh, i've been having some upset guts as of late too, but in the opposite direction. :P

  14. "Endurance is patience Concentrated." I love this quote- never heard it before now,but love it.

    Im happy you are figuring out what works and doesnt work for you. 12 weeks seems like a reasonable time to train for a marathon especially with your background. Those longer training programs become so burdensome and never seem to end! I smell success for your fall running- cant wait to follow your journey :)