What a week. My legs are toast. TOAST. Yesterday’s long run was the worst to date but I know that’s just part of the process. Some runs will be awesome and some will completely suck. It’s all about EMBRACING the suck, taking the bad with the good. Pushing through the tough runs is what makes us strong mentally and gets us ready for race day pain, right???
Monday: 6.2 miles easy
Wednesday: 10 miles with 7 @ tempo
Friday: 7.3 miles (interval workout)
Saturday: 4 miles easy
Sunday: 15 miles from the depths of hell
Total: 42.5 miles and NO strength training #FAIL
Now I leave for Vancouver in three days and what I thought was going to be a stress-free weekend full of fun and casual running is NO LONGER THE PLAN. I’ve never gone to SeaWheeze and actually “raced”. I mean I don’t walk the course but I definitely don’t go there trying to win or set a new PR, you know what I mean? I’ve clocked a 1:54 and a 1:45 at SeaWheeze in previous years. Well, THIS year Coach PK has a different idea of what she wants me to do. I have 17 miles to cover that day so my job is to run a decent warm up, actually RACE and attempt to stay within the 7:35-7:45 range for the duration of the race (meaning a 1:39 – 1:41 finish), followed by a cool down. This sounds like a great idea in theory but the fact that I ran my fastest half ever in 1:41 on a FLAT course kind of freaks me out a little. From what I remember, SeaWheeze is not the easiest course. It’s not super difficult by any means but I am not sure I’ll be able to set a new PR on it, which is essentially what I’ve been prescribed to do. Dang coach having so much confidence in me…
I’m going to try not to stress too much about it. I mean if it doesn’t happen, it’s not the end of the world…but I’m definitely going to try my very best. I need to go into this weekend knowing that I’m capable of doing things I was never able to do. I have changed, my running has changed, and I’m faced with a whole bunch of new possibilities. At this point it comes down to believing in myself and pushing myself outside my comfort zone. It’s the only way to grow, progress, and set new limits.
I just ordered this book last week and I’m hoping it arrives before I leave so I can read it on the plane. Emz told me it’s a must-read when I started expressing my doubts to her. Since she’s always right when it comes to just about anything to do with running and life in general, purchasing it was a no brainer!
Our minds are just as important as our bodies so I’m trying to work on building that mental muscle to go with these little quads that feel like they’re on fire right now.
Hope you had a great weekend! CHEERS TO MONDAY!