Another week of training behind me and although I’m feeling good, I’m also feeling a bit tired. I just want to sleep for a few days and then pick up where I left off. The weekend was busy but pretty amazing and full of some delicious eats (if you live in Toronto, you need to try out Mamaka’s Taverna on Ossington). I took an extra rest day on Friday and don’t regret a thing. I had plans after work and I also felt like my body needed the extra day, especially with runs planned for both Saturday and Sunday.
Tuesday: 6 miles steady
Wednesday: 4.5 miles (track workout: 10 x 400m, 1 min rest)
Thursday: 6.22 mile recovery run
Saturday: 6.4 miles easy
Sunday: 14.5 mile long run
TOTAL: 37.62 miles
I want to be completely honest and transparent so here goes –
During and after my long run on Sunday, I felt tired. My legs were so sore and my knees ached pretty bad. It didn’t help that the second half of my run was almost entirely uphill but regardless, my body just felt more tired than it should have. I don’t know if it’s just going to take some time to get used to the higher mileage or if I’m just not 100% ready to tackle a full marathon training cycle right now. As much as I hate to admit it, I have mixed feelings about running a spring race. I love following a structured training plan and I still feel really motivated to run on most days of the week but I am still not sure about what I am going to do. Maybe it’s because I know my speed is going to take months to come back and I won’t have an impressive marathon time in May. I have no idea what it is but my mind is all over the place.
I think I’m just going to continue doing what I’ve been doing and give it a few more weeks before I reevaluate. I keep reminding myself that I don’t need to always be training for something in order to call myself a runner. I want to feel confident going into a race and will not force myself to do anything if I don’t feel physically and mentally ready for it.
A few people have asked what race I’m training for and so this is one of the reasons that I haven’t been able to give a solid answer. I was debating between Mississauga and Ottawa but until I feel excited about running another marathon, I’m not registering for anything. My heart has to be all in.
Anywayyyyy, that’s where I’m at right now. I guess I’ll see how the next few weeks go and then take it from there!
Hope your week is off to a great start!