A blog about Trace and her races.

Reflection: Week 1 of 20

Happy to say that Week 1 ended on a high note, feeling healthy and on the right track.  I will admit that I felt lazy and didn’t really want to put in the miles but after each run, I felt happy and could no longer remember why I was so lazy in the first place.  For the most part, I had a tough week – mentally and physically exhausted and I now appreciate and understand the need for recovery runs.  This week also ended a dreadfully long period (no, not the thing at the end of a sentence) – menstruating for 10+ days really made me weak and tired.  Because of this, I started taking an iron supplement (Bifera) and Loestrin 24, a birth control pill that will allow me to have lighter shorter periods.  Hopefully that will help.  I also opted to not wear my new pair of running orthotics, they ruin me mentally and I prefer taping my feet which is just a preventative measure for PF and ITB.

Luckily I had two people running with me all week that helped push me every step of the way – thank you Chris and Dom for all the encouragement (and guilt trips).

Monday – Easy recovery run (3 mi)

Tuesday – Track (5 mi.) – 2 x 1600 (6:24, 6:14); 1 x 800 (3:06)

Wednesday – Recovery run (3 mi)

Thursday – Pilates (instead of tempo run – see Sat)

Friday – Rest

Saturday – Tempo Run (6 miles – 20 min. easy, 10 min hard followed by cool down)

Sunday – Long run (9 mi)

Weight:  127.5 lbs

Following Tuesday’s track workout, I was feeling really sluggish on Wednesday and happy I only needed to get in a few miles before calling it a night. By Thursday I didn’t think I could make it through the day, (I swear it was my period) so I instead went to pilates – just the pick-me-up I needed. Saturday’s run reminded me to push through aggravation and less than ideal running conditions. Sunday simply told me I am a runner again, I CAN do this (it also helped watching Shalane finish the marathon – so inspiring and adorable).

One response

  1. I agree that sometimes getting out the door is half the battle. I’ve had many 180 degree turns in attitude once I got warmed up.

    +1 on Shalane’s great debut – she did awesome!

    November 9, 2010 at 1:33 pm

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