It was gorgeous out today, so WHY I decided to do a tempo run indoors is kind of nuts. But, I had the workout planned for the gym since they predicted rain and hadn’t really thought of a “back-up” location. Being the weird self that I am, I knew that if I hadn’t planned on running outside and knowing the route, then I would have played the mental battle game of compromising. But I was looking for a good tempo run today.
I have a funny feeling that when it is raining this weekend I will regret that decision, but for now I’ll revel in the fact that my tempo run was stellah. I decided to do 1 mile easy, 2 miles mid length tempo, 1 mile easy, 2 miles progressive, and 1 mile easy (7 total)
My “easy pace” is like my recovery pace hovering around 10:30. My mid length tempo is 9:26 and let me explain my progressive. I did 1 mile at short length tempo of 9:10, then cranked the baby up each 0.2 miles until the last 0.25 was at my 400m time. So by the time I was towards the end of that mile, I was at a full on sprint. Ya! So it seemed like I did a little mixing of a speed and tempo workout, but either way, it felt goood. I don’t know why I packed a long sleeve wicking shirt for the gym, but I was a hot mess afterwards.
I am SO READY for the weekend. I am not sure what I am going to be doing besides the normal Saturday and Sunday runs. If I get a 7 miler in on Saturday and a 12 miler in on Sunday, then I’ll have my first 40 mile week in a LONG time.
Let me also spend some time reflecting on some changes I have made since injuring myself mid-December. I truly see it as a blessing in disguise for the very reason that it made me really evaluate what I love about running, how I am running, what I am doing before and after I run, and what I am doing in addition to improve my running.
- I plan things out. And when I say plan, I mean really meaningfully look at WHY I am doing a certain workout and the benefits it will have – mental and physical. I also read a TON more about running and proper form. IT made me realize that I was running with more stress to my hips and lower back. Changing my form has significantly improved (rather, relieved) the knee and back pain I used to experience.
- I stretch like I should be in yoga class or coming from a deep tissue massage. Reading about the foam roller and the stick (i LOVE the stick) and the massage techniques has greatly improved recovery. I sit down during TV and just stretch. I can always feel a difference the next day if I skip out.
- I make sure to eat something protein rich after. If I know I am going to be further from my house after a run, I pack a snack. Otherwise, I am sure to make a almond milk, fruit, yogurt, and protein powder shake after. It has also made me focus on what I am eating for breakfast and dinner, too.
- I meet my body where it is at. I used to get SO discouraged when I wouldn’t be able to run at a certain pace for an amount of time. This triggered such discouragement and let down during training runs. Now that I have an idea of where I am supposed to be at, I enjoy hovering around that pace and pushing if I feel I can at the end. It has also made me sit back and think, “Ok, this is where I am. If I want to get there, then I have to give myself time to do so.” Which leads me to number 5…
- Confidence. I used to be so self conscious that I couldn’t keep up or run at a certain pace or mileage. My IT band was a wake up call to be like, “HELLO you ran a marathon. Give yourself some damn credit.” Knowing that I’ve done the 26.2 (no matter the time nor pace) gives me the confidence I need to accept where I am at, but also be a positive influence and source of support for others because I have BEEN there, too.
So a big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me by commenting, emailing, or just reading what I had to say. After a month and a half of blogging, the thoughts are what helped me get back on track. 🙂 Happy Friday ya’ll.