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).