Back in the double digits!
Not gonna lie, my 10-mile long run felt hard. I am just not where I was fitness-wise a year ago or even in the fall, when 12 miles was my normal “short” long run. And that’s frustrating and disappointing. But I refuse to waver and know my persistence will eventually pay off.
I have been trying to figure out why my pace is so much slower than late October/early November and even right before I took my 3-week break from running starting around Christmas.
I am retiring my main pair of running shoes since September as they’ve finally worn down, but I don’t think that’s it. I wonder if it is more a response to cutting calories. I’m losing about a pound a week by cutting 500 calories on average a day. I don’t feel starved and I’ve been checking my nutrient levels to make sure I’m still eating enough protein/carbs/fat.
I don’t like things that don’t make sense!
Sunday: 10 miles at 11:15. I almost cut this run short because it started raining pretty heavily early on. Luckily, it cleared up and I was able to finish my route. My legs were definitely tired by the end. It’s been a long time since I’ve run double digits for a training run.
Monday: 4 miles at 11:06. Treadmill. + Yoga + 20 mins Swim. I didn’t feel like dealing with the 50 mph winds outside and I quite frankly wasn’t sure how many miles my legs would be up for, so I stayed indoors. I watched Tiny House Hunters and marveled at the people who are like we have a $50,000 budget and these tiny houses you have found for us are too tiny — the largest was 400 sq feet. What did you think you were going to get?!
I mentioned last week I wanted to get back to my Monday Cycle/Core class. Instead, I decided it was just a bit too much for me to try to do all those things and I wanted a more relaxing weekend (I work Tuesday-Saturday).
Tuesday: Strength + 15 min elliptical warmup. My back began hurting a lot after this. What started as a dull ache the day after my long run — which happens occasionally — must not have responded well to my workouts Monday or I hurt it some other way. I went home and spent the night with my legs up on the couch, back propped against a bunch of pillows.
Wednesday: Rest. I worked from home — from my couch for the first time ever — so I could keep sitting propped up on the couch, which felt much better than sitting in an office chair.
Thursday: Rest. I decided to take another rest day because of the back issue, even though it felt better.
Friday: Rest. I was off work, so I slept in. I probably could have gone for a run, but I decided to be extra cautious since I have a half coming in 3 weeks.
Saturday: 3 miles at 10:43. First run since the back hurt. My calf was super tight for the first 3/4 of a mile for some reason. My back didn’t hurt but I could feel where it got hurt — if that makes sense — in the first half mile. A few hours after the run, I could feel a little ache in my back again. Not cool.
Weekly mileage: 17
Got in: Swim, Yoga, Strength
Missed: Cycle, 2nd Strength