Dear readers, I’m sorry for my last post. Whoa. I’ve gone from sleeping in and daily sweat pants to early alarm clocks and running intervals, to slow motion crash and burn. Don’t listen to me. I am just as aimless in navigating this pandemic as you are.
The biggest surprise to me in all of this is how hard running has gotten. I like running. I want to run. I thrive on progress and pushing my pace. But the will to push myself and continue on is lost in the abyss of this pandemic. I expressed this on an Instagram post on Sunday and based off of the high volume of comments I’m not alone. We’re all struggling in our own ways.
So now what? Fall down seven times, stand up eight? Or hide under the blankets until this is all over? Sure. Both. Whatever. Do what makes you feel the most content and happy right now. If that means sweat pants and sleeping in, do that. But here’s my one, small tiny favor to ask. When you see someone happily doing something else, don’t indirectly trash talk it. Instead applaud and encourage others for doing what is best for them in this extremely draining time. You can do your thing and they can do their thing, nobody is right and nobody is wrong.
A brief rundown of my training for the unknown:
Saturday long run – On my way out the door John asked me how long I might be gone to which I snapped, “I don’t know! Every run sucks lately! Maybe 20 minutes, maybe an hour!” The state of my running has been making me so moody and cranky. I ran to Bascom Hill and challenged myself to three repeats. Each repeat had me hyena-breathing at the top. The ass-kicking repeats seemed to energize me after, I noticed my pace increased a bit and I felt really good. The other thing I noticed is that when I thought positively about my October marathon my legs turned over more efficiently. The mind really does play an important role in performance!
I ended up with 13 miles at an 8:38 average. The pace is still lower than what I was seeing in February, but then again I wasn’t doing hill repeats in the middle of those February long runs. The run has 456 feet of elevation gain.
Sunday – short tempo run and “long” ride. I woke up feeling a little beat up from my hilly long run, but thought I could tackle a fast, solo 5K. This is how I trained last fall when I PR’ed my marathon. I did short 3-5 mile tempo runs the day after my long run. It would be such a good confidence boost to bring this back! I drove to a business park where I know the block is one mile around. I warmed up a bit and took off. Fifteen minutes later I crumbled into a blob of quit. Can’t go on. Slow motion molasses running. I made it two miles, 7:38, 7:58 and stop.
A few Instagram pep talks later, I got onto my trainer for a Zwift ride. With how easily stressed I am when workouts don’t go well I have been choosing to do “Just Ride” mode and incorporate my own intervals. I usually do 2-4 minute sets of big ring intervals and shoot for 160+ wats. Within the program, there are little KOM segments built into the Just Ride routes which motivate me. It keeps track of the last KOM effort and challenges me to PR. This method of trainer riding is working for me and I finished the hour ride feeling strong and redeemed after my 5K fail.
So here we are, onto another week of unknown. I fell off of the alarm clock routine, but it’s only Tuesday. I can choose to set it tomorrow, and I will.
Recent non-fitness related social distancing activity photos: