Not really certain if my running routine these days really counts as working out.
Just trying to maintain and ward off the over trained feelings I'm beginning to experience.
With spring marathon #2 now just four days away, today was my last workout of this cycle. After a night of burgers and fro-yo with a very wise and insightful running pal last week, I decided that it would be best to stay clear of any structured workouts in the remaining days leading up to my race. Treating myself a much needed day off yesterday, today's workout consisted of a progressive run where the goal was to really hammer it out in the last few miles.
At this point in time, workouts like this should be feeling easy-peasy but instead they are quite the opposite. I've spent the last 19 weeks in focused hardcore training that proceeded 10 weeks of base training only through the winter months, meaning all & all my spring training cycle has pretty much been just shy of a 30 week program.
There is a very very fine line between riding your limit safely and taking training one step too far where most of the time it is difficult to realize that you've over stepped your limit until it's too late. While I've been consciously aware of how my body has been responding to training, I've chosen to not shed light onto the fact that as time passes on my body is seeming to run more and more on less and less.
regrets collect like old friends,
here to relive your darkest moments
I can see no way, I can see no way
and all of the ghouls come out to play
and every demon want his pound of flesh
but I like to keep some things to myself
I like to keep my issues drawn
it's always darkest before the dawn
Some symptoms I've been experiencing:
Loss of appetite.
It's very unusual for me to not be hungry all the time, but these days I'm having to force myself to eat regularly where most of the time the thought of consuming food makes me nauseous.
Unexpected weight loss.
I don't really weight myself often, but lately have noticed that I seem to be slimmer in areas then I was several months ago. Sure enough, when I stepped on the scale I've somehow lost a precious few lbs. off of my already petite frame.
Increased amount of sleep needed to get through my day.
You would think 9-10 hours of sleep would be enough for a person, but it just doesn't seem to be enough these days for me.
Unusual muscle soreness.
While my legs have been fine and haven't really been sore in quite some time, my back is killing me.
I've been sick 3 times in the last 3 months, that seems a bit excessive to me.
I get headaches rather often, but they have been quite prominent lately for me post exercise.
Sudden drop in performance.
As much as I don't want to admit it, it is taking 10x the effort it should take for me at this point to be keeping up with my training.
So what now?
Well, I'm going to try to make it through the next 4 days as best as possible where Saturday's race is now not about the clock and instead just about a solid performance from start to finish. Whether that means 8:30 or 6:30 pace at this point is completely irrelevant to me. I just want to finish in one piece and lay this spring cycle of 2012 to rest and enjoy some much needed time off.
and that's that. Not going to expect any miracles to happen on Saturday, and I may not even run with my watch. life will go on.
Without further ado, the winner of the 13.1 Chicago 5k entry is:
Charlyn from Pain is Nothing.
Congrats Charlyn! Excited to see you on Saturday! Email me when you get the chance.
Who else is participating in the 13.1 Chicago this weekend?
I know there are lots of you out there that are going to be there, and hopefully I'll run into you all.
Don't forget that if you are attending this race, Give Your Sole is collecting moderately used sneakers to benefit homeless men, women, and children living in the city. It never hurts to give back to your community!