Summers are Busy

I struggled quite a bit this week trying to fit in any workouts — I was so busy.

Hootie (Darius Rucker) is to blame for my hangover.
Hootie (Darius Rucker) is to blame for my hangover.

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!)

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Brittany

Just a 20-something homegrown Buffalo sports loving, distance running, gin drinking kind of girl.

4 thoughts on “Summers are Busy”

  1. You are right. Not one person doesn’t have a bad run. It’s making it through those runs that is the important part and you did. You have had a few awesome races lately and personally that is what I try and remind myself during terrible runs.

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    1. That’s definitely something I need to remind myself of… I know there’s going to be a disappointing race in my future (lately it seems everything I’ve run is a PR) so I have to get into a good mentality and mindset fast!

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    1. Yes, the bad runs just seem to stick around forever!

      And yes, I’m training to teach spin! 🙂 And eventually kick boxing, pilates, yoga, and who knows what else at a local gym. Pretty excited!

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