Two more weeks of marathon training have passed, and unfortunately they weren’t the best. Especially this last week. I’ve been overrun with stress and anxiety to the point where I was shutting down in every other aspect of life. In terms of running, it’s left me un-motivated and frustrated. A low-key, relaxing weekend helped me snap out of it a bit, and I’m hoping to further come back with a good week for Week 8!
Week 6 (January 30-February 5):
Tuesday: 4 miles on the treadmill. I set out for 5-6, but my right quad started feeling odd, and I stopped to have extra time to stretch and roll after.
Wednesday: Not enough time to run before SKEE BALLL. We went 2-0 for the night.
Thursday: 6 miles on the treadmill. I was “so stressed” that I didn’t go to trivia in order to do work. In all actuality, I didn’t do any work and should have just gone out with my friends. Oh well. My leg was still feeling a bit weird.
Friday: Whatever exercise is involved in lifting beer(s) to my mouth, I did that.
Saturday: 4 miles that should have been rough, but actually felt great.
Sunday: 12.76 miles on the trails. A trail half marathon (that was short). I’ll have a recap up within the next day or so, but it was quite the experience! (Followed by Super Bowl festivities, and sleeping through the second half)
Week 6 total: 26.76 (Sadly my highest so far this cycle)
Week 7 (January 30-February 5):
(Sunday night and) Monday: Sore. So, so sore. Also came down with very odd shoulder pain.
Tuesday: 3.75 miles. Tuesday at work was pretty rough. Honestly, I can’t remember now what was so bad about it, but I was so anxious. I needed a run – so I went without any intervals or set heart rates. Honestly it wasn’t as freeing as I needed it to be, but it still felt good emotionally.
Wednesday: I didn’t go to November Project due to weird shoulder pain that developed Sunday night. My right quad was really starting to feel funny, so out of caution I took a total day off. #noregrets
Thursday: Had a “snow day” (SO NEEDED), and went to run before trivia….except the wind was blowing at 30 mph and I didn’t bring warm enough clothes with me. WOMP.
Saturday: 3.75 miles. It was supposed to be “super easy”, but on the hills around my house that is easier said than done. I felt very stiff and off, but it felt good to be out in a SKIRT!
Sunday: 15 miles. This run started out badly, and rightfully so. But around mile 8 things started to turn around, and by mile 10 I was in the zone. Long runs are hard in terms of time spent, but they are why I love marathon training.
Week 7 total: 22 miles. OOPS.
You won’t be surprised to hear me say I’m disappointed in where I am so far in this training cycle. While my long runs have gone well, I’m not hitting the mileage I hope to run. That’s probably why I was legitimately sore after my 15 miler.
Thankfully, I still have about half of my training to go, and it’s not too late to turn it around. I know I want to run 5 days a week, but with work, Jake, and friends, it’s just not happening! I’m going to try to focus on 4 days a week, with as high of mileage as is reasonably possible (I need to get up to 30 mi/week for my sanity), while truly getting in some strength work – whether it’s at November Project or glute exercises in my room.
#rantover. Ready to start anew this week!
What are your tricks for getting over a funk in training?
Don’t forget, you can run the New Jersey Marathon too!