I struggled quite a bit this week trying to fit in any workouts — I was so busy.
After Tuesday at the track and Wednesday’s spin class, I took Thursday – Saturday off. Thursday because I went to my Grandma’s for dinner right from work and didn’t get home until after 8, Friday because I had the Taste of Country concert right after work, and Saturday because I was partially hungover and had to do a bit of running around before dinner/drinks at 7:30 with one of my friends who was in town. Life just happened to get in the way and there was no way around it unless I woke up at 5am to run (tried that — it was pouring Thursday/Friday).
I guess it’s kind of nice to not have a goal race though, because taking three days off and enjoying what I’m doing isn’t going to kill my training. I still think my legs are trying to recover from jumping back into training so soon after my half marathon, to be honest. I’ve had a couple good runs since that race, but most of them are very sub par. It sucks, but I’ll keep on keepin’ on. I have a 5k this Friday, but my legs haven’t been feeling too fantastic as of late.
I woke up this morning to get a run in before my guy’s family party. Since I haven’t stuck to the training plan this week, I didn’t care what I did as long as I got out there. I ran about 5 miles in 45 minutes and I struggled so badly. I was too lazy to get my iPod out of my car so I ran sans music, which I usually only do during track workouts. I regret it. Music seems to take my mind off how badly I’m hurting or how weak I feel. Then, the Garmin wouldn’t locate satellites. I was not happy. I was running a route I didn’t know and I really didn’t feel like going home and mapping it. Finally I got it to work .75 miles into the run and then I was just angry because the run was going so terribly. I felt like I was running really hard, but my breathing wasn’t speeding up and my heart rate wasn’t going beyond high zone 2. I just couldn’t go any faster — my legs felt like heavy lead running through thick sand. It was absolutely awful. The left side of my groin hurt too (go figure, I get the other side to heal only for the symptoms to switch… thankfully, this soreness isn’t as bad as the other side was) which slowed me down a bit. By the time it felt better, I was 3.5 miles in and making my turn around back to my apartment into a strong headwind. Oh, then the skies opened up. And it poured. And it poured. And it poured.
The only thing I could think during the run was that everyone had bad runs, but at least I’m putting some miles in. I tried to push the negative thoughts out but I really missed the music to take my mind off of it. I really need to put the time in to make my running a priority because when I don’t, I’m just a sad, angry little person. It kind of sucks that I run for the racing and competition with myself because if I ran to workout and stay fit, this whole spinning thing would be so much easier to fit into my life. Hmph. I see some treadmill miles coming up and I guess I might have to pass on Tuesday night strength training until I’m done w/ the spin training.
These are really first world problems, I sound like a whiny brat. #Grumpy
(I’ll hashtag on my blog post if I want!)