The Pittsburgh Marathon is less than two months away. I cannot wait to get this training over with. I am hitting the wall mentally. It is getting tough to be motivated to run. Plus I wish Spring would come and just stay. The temperatures are way too up and down for me. I should know better and this is what Spring is normally like in Western PA but I am still frustrated. I am definitely getting nervous about the race but I am ready to have my normal life back, well my regular workout routines back. What is a normal life anyway, hehehe?
I am so ready to not have to deal with tripping during runs, and the rolled ankles that are inevitable. I am ready for normal sleep patterns to return. I have realized that I currently need about 9 to 9.5 hours of sleep a night to function at a good level. I am ready not have to worry about do I have all my running gear packed. I am ready not to have to wear my hydration belt.
The whole process is a tough mental game and I am glad I am currently beating the challenge. However, it gets harder and harder as the training goes on. Yesterday I was suppose to have a seven mile run. Through out the week I over did myself physically. I had to substitute for some group exercise classes. I taught a cycling class for the first time in six months. Can you say a major cause of DOMS followed? Also, I did some personal training which I usually don't do. Training adds some extra stress. In addition, I am in the process of changing jobs. I have two weeks left in my current position and then I immediately start my new job. That is a huge stress but a good one. So when it came down to running 7 miles yesterday with sore, tired body it does not really work. I got about 2 miles in and decided to listen to my body. You need to take a break. I learned yesterday that even though I was not scheduled for a rest day sometimes you have to give yourself a rest day. I did a short walk because the weather was beautiful and then went home for a nap. I also went out to dinner and a night out with friends. It as much needed.
This morning I slept in. I did not set an alarm and just let my body rest. I slept till almost 10am, which is unheard of for me. I then had a nice breakfast and then finally went for a run. I had 8 miles today. I did the whole run. Not a bad run. I did trip at one point and then rolled my left ankle a little but otherwise a good run. I did some hills and the sun was out. The temperature was perfect for a run.
Next week I have a training race that is a 30k. I am so glad it was not this weekend. I am not excited that I still have to teach all of my group classes but that soon will be ending. It will be nice for the last month of my training that I can focus on running and not have to teach any group exercise classes. I think that is not helping me very much. I am running more than I have done in my life and adding a lot other exercise even if it teaching is not much fun. I want to conserve as much energy as possible.
It has been a crazy week. I have some good news but I am not going to announce it until next week. I just have to finalize some stuff but I am so excited.
The week was crazy because of work and life. I was tired a lot but not a sick tired. I also tried to push five days of work into four. I didn't want to take off Friday but I also didn't want to spend all day in the office.
I was so tired all this week. I rarely was up past 9pm all week. The only night I was up late was Tuesday and that is because I have to close at work. I think last weeks running took a toll and my body. I was just allowing myself to heal so to speak. Even last night (Friday) I went to bed early. I went out to dinner and a movie with friends. As soon as I came home I was in bed. The only good thing about early to bed is early to rise. I like being able to get up easy in the early AM.
I was glad to have a "off week" or a micro-cycle. My long run was seven miles. I had to rough spots th is week. My run on Friday of six miles was tough. I did it on the treadmill early in the morning before work. I wanted to get into work early so I could get on the road to come home to Johnstown. I had some stuff planned for the weekend, and I did not want to be at work all day Friday. I decided to do my run on the treadmill since I was already at work. I was never able to get a good pace going. I struggled to get the six miles in.
My long run was seven miles. The only big thing about the run was I rolled my ankle about half way through. I stepped on a rock. Some crazy language came out and I had to walk for about 1/2 mile. I did get the run finished. I was also able to get it in before the major ran that is in Western PA for the weekend started. My left foot is a little tight this evening but nothing major.
I am currently looking for a water belt for my long runs. A lot of places do not carrying them in the store. I guess I am going to have to order one online. I don't like having extra stuff on my body but I know I need to have some type of hydration regularly now that I am in the longer runs. I tried to do the place water out before the run but I can't guarantee they will be safe or that will be my exact route. I have definitely had to change routes during a run. I also need to get the carb gels or beans for the long runs.
Oh well the whole thing has been relatively fun. I hope it continues that way.
I am at the ending stage of a cold. Colds are such bummers. There is nothing good about them. I even had to take a day of a work because I was not doing well. On Thursday I was teaching a group fitness class and I had to stop in the middle of it. I thought I was going to pass out. My body did not want to move anymore. I went home for a quick nap and came back to work for a big meeting. The meeting never happened because the speaker canceled during the meeting. It was very frustrating. I worked all week for the meeting and the gentleman ended up not coming, and it was so last minute.
Friday was the day I ended up taking off. My body was not cooperating. I slept from Thursday afternoon till about Saturday morning. I had the chills, cough, sore throat, headache, and cold sweats. On Saturday when I finally woke up, I felt a lot better. I still have a cold but I am more able to function.
On Saturday I went to work to get a quick run in. It was a tough run but I got in. I knew I was still sick but I had the "cold sweats" while running. Not a great feeling but I did it. I ran this morning for my long. It was nice to have a micro-cycle this week. My chest was definitely tight during the run. Since I really did not get my usually workouts in during the week, it felt like I had not run in a year. My legs felt heavy. In retrospect I probably started back too soon after not feeling well. I am the worst on taking time off. I had surgery on my foot during college and did everything I could to get out on the golf course. I was practicing my putting on one foot because I was not to but any weight on my left foot.
I am feeling a lot better. I am glad it was nothing worse than a cold. I hate missing work for illness but sometimes you just have to take off for the good of your health. I just think it makes me feel lazy when I take off for sickness. So weird.
I am back running. I am currently doing all my running on a treadmill. The weather currently is a little too cold for me. Plus, the times I am available to run are in the early morning or late evening in the dark. I am not comfortable running in the dark and add the single digit windchills, I am just fine running inside.
I just got back from a trip to NYC. I was able to do some crosstraining on an elliptical and a stairclimber while I was visiting. I was glad to be able to keep moving while I was visiting the best city in the world.
Life is a little tough right now. I am not enjoying my job and Christmas is not really in my heart this year. I need to finish my shopping. I can't believe 2010 is almost over.
I am excited to say I just got a new pair of running shoes. The last year or two I have been running in Under Armour shoes. Under Armour shoes were not available in my size so I switched back to Brooks. I am excited to be wearing the Brooks Illusions once again. I went to a running store to get fitted so I am very excited to get to wear the new shoes.