Last week was the worst week of training I have had in a long time.
I was supposed to do 3 x 1.5 miles last Tuesday and my coach gave me an out and said do 2 x 1.5 miles on Tuesday if you're feeling tired. I took the out, although I could have done it. I was on the treadmill and no matter that I have done some TOUGH workouts (hello, 18 MILES) on a treadmill in the past few months, I couldn't do it.
Then, I had an easy 10 mile run on Saturday. It snowed a bunch of times last week and even though I have run in snow/icy conditions all winter, I was nervous to run outside with a little over a week until race day so I waited to do the run on a treadmill. SUCKED. I only did 5.23 miles. And it was a struggle, mentally, to get that far.
I ended the week with a measly 18.45 miles, 5.8 miles less than my plan called for.
All last week, I was freaking out. And today I feel calm.
I was texting with my best friend last night, freaking out about the shitty training week and the race day weather forecast (which called for 68 and sunny last night, lowered to 61 and sunny at press time). She was awesome and reminded me that the weather is still a ways out AND "you can control your preparation and hydration, but not the weather". True true and TRUE. The best part of our text conversation was her reply to my sucktastic runs:
"Get those crap workouts out of the way now!"
SO TRUE! I have had crap weeks before and you know what always followed them? A great week.
I have four easy workouts this week:
2 mile warm up, 2 miles @ 7:25, 2 mile cool down with 6 strides
30 minutes easy with 1 mile @ 7:20 in the middle
30 minutes easy
20 minutes easy with 6 strides
That's it! Keep it loose, drink lots of water, and eat good food.
And plan my outfit :)