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Like I said in my last post, the end of last week wasn’t a very good one for training.

And yet, Monday morning I packed my workout bag – an adorable pink  track bag that I’ve gotten tons of compliments on – and headed to work with the intention of picking my training back up after work.

And I did.

But  boy was it hard.

I had gone 4 days without running – in fact, 4 days without any exercising at all.  And when I started to run Monday after work, every step was difficult.  I pushed myself to run 4 miles on the treadmill, which I completed in about 52 minutes (I slowed to a walk several times during my run).  But I just couldn’t believe how difficult it was.  My calves hurt, my feet hurt, my shoulders even hurt, and I found it much more difficult to breathe than I normally do.

The lesson learned is that 4 days off of training is NO GOOD.  You wouldn’t think a measly 4 days would make much of a difference.  For comparison, last Monday, a week ago, I run 4.5 miles and could have run even further.  I felt good, I felt motivated.  And this Monday I could barely run 4 miles. 

Every time I put off training, I push my progress back just a bit, and I have to work hard to make up what I lost.  4 days of not running lost me a half mile and a minute per mile off my pace.  Now I have to make that back up before adding another half mile to my runs before the end of the week.

So, seriously… I HAVE GOT TO GET BACK ON TRACK AND CONTINUE TO PUSH MYSELF NO MATTER WHAT.  Dude, you have a race to do in 12 weeks!  Get moving!

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Total Miles

So last week… remember when I said I was getting back on track?  Remember that? Yeah, well, not so much.

I just hate how life gets in the way.  A few of the workouts I skipped this week were more like, “Gee, this thing makes a good excuse for not working out.  But if I were really dedicated, I’d make it work.  But since I’m not – this is a great excuse for not going to the gym!”  Ugh.  Sometimes, I disappoint myself a lot.

Last week I ran on Monday – 4.5 miles.  Tuesdays are always my day off.  Wednesday I ran 3 miles.  Thursday I was going to go run, but I had the day off from work and I was at home all day getting stuff done, and honestly, just didn’t feel like getting dressed and going into town.  Friday I was busy running around all day, and my back hurt from doing chores and cleaning around the house, and I scheduled a massage, so….  And then Saturday is usually my other day off, though some Saturdays I do go to the gym, usually for yoga or something similar – but this Saturday I stayed at home cleaning house with the hubby.  And then Sunday we finished cleaning the house and we picked up an old friend at the airport, followed by hanging out with said friend until late.  So, I didn’t get my long run in on Sunday either.

At this point, I need to be up to running about 5 miles at a time.  Which, theoretically, should add up to 15-20 miles a week.  Considering the fact that 1 mile a week used to be a big deal… 🙂

Unfortunately, I haven’t been keeping track of my actual workouts and times, other than occasionally posting things on Facebook.  But I think it’s about time.  I’ve been reading up on the races to come in the spring and next summer, and there’s a lot at stake.  Even though I’ve been kind of lazy lately, I’m still running much farther than I ever have before.  And I still have 12 weeks before the 10K.  I think because I’ve progressed so far, and I have so much time before the race, that I’ve slacked off.  Unlike before the triathlon, when I had a short 15 weeks to get ready to do 1/3 mile swim, a 10 mile bike, and a 4 mile run – this seems like an eternity.  However, it is very important for me to be able to safely, and quickly, I might add, do the 10K in January.  Once I’m done with that race, I’ll be following training plan for an Olympic distance triathlon.  And being able to already do the Olympic distance run will allow me to focus more time and energy on the bike portion.  So, getting to the 10K injury free and hopefully able to do a 10 minute mile will make my life so much easier come next April.

But that’s not what I was talking about…. I wanted to talk about keeping track of total miles.  When I used to hear people say that they ran 10 miles, or 20 miles, or 30 miles a week, I thought they were crazy.  “That’s not even possible!” I thought.  Now I’m to the point where I could practically run across town if I wanted (not that I do), and putting in 15 miles a week seems reasonable.  I wish I had been keeping track of my mileage from the beginning.  It certainly would be interesting to see how many miles I swam, biked, and ran over the past six months.  However, from now on, I’ll try to post weekly re-caps of my training.  Hopefully, this will keep me on track a little better as well.

Wish me luck!

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I’m beginning to figure out the difference between making excuses and life genuinely getting in the way of a workout.  Because I’ve been pretty consistently training for the past 6 months (holy cow! I hadn’t counted it before!), a skipped workout isn’t the end of the world.  And on Friday night, I decided not to do the Spirit Run. 

I was actually pretty disappointed.  I wanted a chance to do another race before the 10K in January, and since I haven’t done any of the local races around here before, this seemed like a good opportunity.  However, my sister, who was planning on running with me, backed out at the last minute because of a Halloween party, and on Thursday morning I started feeling a little under the weather.  By Friday night I was coughing and just generally didn’t feel great, so we just made the decision to skip the race.

It was probably a good decision too, because on Sunday, when I went to run what was supposed to be 4 miles, I barely made it through 2.  Sometimes, your body just tells you when you’re supposed to stop.  And it screamed at me to stop running on Sunday.  My legs, back, quads, groin muscles, everything hurt from moving furniture and cleaning out the house over the weekend, and my lingering cold made it difficult to breathe.

On a positive note though, Monday after work I went to the gym to run, wanting to run 4 miles, and hoping to get through it.  I was feeling much better though, so I didn’t have nearly as hard of a time pushing through the run as I did on Sunday.  I did 2 miles on the track, with my first mile at a 11.19 pace, and my second mile around a 12.00 pace.  Then I did a mile on the treadmill and followed that up by another mile on the track.  When I reached the end of mile 4, I felt pretty good, so I decided to keep on running.  By the time I stopped, I’d run 4.5 miles, the longest distance I’ve ever run before!

I still felt good at the end of the run, and probably could have gone further, but one of the first things I learned when I started my training was not to push myself too hard.  The second you overstress your body, you give yourself the perfect excuse for cutting workouts, and before you know it, you’ve given up on your training plan entirely (trust me, I’ve seen it several times before!). 

So, I’m happy with my performance yesterday, disappointed that I didn’t get to do the race on Saturday, but thrilled that I think I might be able to get to a 10 minute mile pace by the time the 10K rolls around.  It’s within reach!

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