Training Log for 2/28 to 3/5 – 44+ miles
- Sunday: Pacer for Hot Chocolate 15k (9.3 miles)
- Monday: 7 miles
- Tuesday: 3 miles
- Wednesday: 4.24 miles (5×800 plus warm up/cool down)
- Thursday: Rest
- Friday: 7 miles – 3 miles at GMP
- Saturday: 14 miles – with 4 short fartlek interval
I won’t lie – by the time I showered yesterday morning, after the 14 miles, I was totally spent. It was a tough week – I haven’t done speed work in months, and my legs/shins/ass sure felt it the rest of the week. I wish I could say something funny, or clever, or inspirational, but I’m just not feeling it this morning. Sometimes, to get to a goal, it’s just about getting the work done. And you don’t always have rainbows and unicorns flying out of your ass while you are staring down a big goal.
I was looking at my “run selfies” from last summer, when I was training for Santa Rosa. How did I remember feeling during those workouts? Miserable. Hot. Slow. But when I look at those pictures now, as I emerge from a chilly winter season, I see them much differently. I look triumphant. I look tough. I look bad ass. But that’s how the memory works right? I’m freezing, so hot weather running seems wonderful. In a matter of weeks I’m sure I’ll be longing for freezing cold weather. Or…maybe not.
So to get through these mentally challenging, physically taxing weeks, to get the work done, I start doing countdown math. I’ll often do the same during a race, but for training the countdown is spread across weeks instead of miles:
I have a super-early (read sorta-long run) morning tomorrow. Seven more super-early Monday mornings until Mountains2Beach.
I’ve got a midweek hill workout. Four more hill workouts until Mountains2Beach.
I’ve got a long run at the end of the week. Six more runs of 16 miles or longer until Mountains2Beach.
You see, those numbers: Seven, Four, Six – they are much easier to stomach, right?