The wall has been met and it is a firm but not impregnable wall. I mentioned last week I was feeling the effects of adding miles and weights. Well, this past week the body said You will listen. And here’s what it said:
You are tired. You’re not sleeping well. You’re a little irritable. Your pace is plummeting. That inner voice, the one you ignored when it whispered ‘I REALLY don’t want to do this.’ yeah, well you’re gonna listen now because now you have a sore throat and feel a little fluish. I'm turning off your brain so you’re not so productive and you can't rationalize; you can only listen. Because determination is now stubbornness.
- 4 mile run. The route’s a series of hills, one after the other. The day was windy. But the pace was good. 3 minutes faster than last week where last week’s was on a mostly flat route. That’s good, right?
- Weights - A good workout. Another boost in weight amounts across the board in squats, hacks, leg raises, hamstring curls. On the squat machine I’m doing 225 lbs, 8 reps three sets. Not epic but more than I’ve ever done and now I’m also running 30+ miles a week.
- 7 mile run. Here’s when reality began to set in and I heard that first inner whisper said Man, I really don’t want to do this run. The pace was a minute per mile slower. Granted it was a hilly route; I had grown bored of the other route. But still ... And at the end I was exhausted.
- 4 Mile run. I ran it on a treadmill. For a mile I felt good - legs loosened, adrenals kicked in, endorphins ... not so much. The other three I felt awful. Pace was slow. I was glad when it ended. Never a good sign.
- Weights. I was late to the gym, forgot to wear workout shorts, had to run back home for them (30 minutes), asked that we not increase the weights this week. The workout was okay, not much fun; I was too tired to tell jokes. Went home and crashed.
- Long run. I postponed it. The thought of running didn't even sound good.
- 16 miles. Hilly course. With no earbuds I had time to count the miles where I wasn’t running a hill. There were 4 miles. Winds were in the 20 mph range. Running into the wind, uphill, was amusing. Got it done, a little bit faster than I expected.
I drank a cup of this beet extract. Beet Elite Neo Shot. I think it helped. I’ll try it again on Wednesday’s 7-mile run.
- Tuesday: Weights only. I’m skipping the morning 4-mile run
- Wednesday: 7 Mile Run.
- Thursday: Weights only. I’m skipping the morning 4-mile run
- Saturday: 16 Miles.
Have a great week. Run your race.