"When it comes time to decide how many miles in a week you should run, the most important thing to remember is that it is better to be 20 miles a week undertrained then 1 mile per week overtrained."
It's been 4 days, and I'm still recovering.
As it turns out, half marathons aren't exactly the most forgiving on under-conditioned bodies.
With the Shamrock Shuffle a mere 10 days away, I'm counting my blessings. At this point, workouts and mileage aren't very important to me and instead I'm just grateful to be moving forward again without being exhausted and constantly achy. Today, the legs are still feeling a bit tired from Sunday's half where I'm currently contemplating if one last fartlek before Shamrock is even going to be worth it.
For me, the answer last year at this time would have been,
"heck yes...can't miss a workout".
But, that really ended up leading me nowhere.
Just produced a few sub-par half performances, one semi-decent 10 miler, and left me feeling as if I drilled myself into the ground.
Sunday's race was a bit more challenging for me than I thought it would be. While I knew that physically I wasn't exactly the most fit to be chasing down a PR, mentally I hadn't given the race much thought beforehand and ended up not being able to get my head in the game during those 13.1 miles. Racing this distance without a watch or clocks on the course turned out to be more toilsome on my head than I originally anticipated.
|Probably deep in thought here questioning why I ever thought the race was a good idea|
Thinking I look a bit dazed and confused here...
There were quite a few times along those miles when I seriously considering pulling out of the race because it just didn't feel comfortable.
|Kept pace with this dude for all but the last few miles when the legs started to fizzle.|
One of my biggest challenges is always my head as I start to over think whats going on.
So hard to turn it off when things get uncomfortable, and Sunday all I could think about was everything that didn't feel right.
In the moment sometimes it's really difficult to appreciate what's going on, and it took me about 36 hours post race to realize what I did on Sunday morning.
While my time wasn't even close to my currently dated PR, I was lightyears off from winning the race, and mentally checked out for most of the miles between 6-12, I still managed a finish under 1:30 in rough conditions on a very off day with only a handful of workouts leading up to the race. Things have to start somewhere, and I'd say that this isn't a bad way to start out my year.
Now I know what I need to work on moving forward, and don't think that a half PR would be completely out of the question this year if I do choose to chase one down.
But only time will tell...