After several weeks of high mileage, and many more of track season, last week threw challenges in my path, both literally and figuratively. Many of them only strengthened my resolve to get to the marathon start line happy and healthy.
One of them was a snake (this was the literal one). I actually can’t call myself a true trail runner, since I get completely freaked out by some of nature’s finer creatures. On this particular day, I turned around and ran the other direction, opting for the road instead.
A few days after that, I woke up with a spasm in my lower back and convinced myself that I had fractured my sacrum.
After a bit of time with my roller, I concluded that I was simply dealing with knots in my IT Band, likely from running too many hills.
A trusty visit from my favorite masseuse solved that crisis before it even began.
(So, of course the next day I was back at it, climbing hills with friends.)
In addition, the training doubts are creeping into my head.
Since we have had some issues with using the local community college track, I haven’t approached speed work in quite the same way.
Generally I try to do some V02 Max workouts regularly, but this training cycle I have focused more on hills and tempo runs. I missed a good chunk of the early speed workouts due to illness, and I missed another key workout the day that my back was bothering me. So… I don’t have a very good measure of where I am in this cycle compared to past ones. I can’t definitively say that my mile repeats are faster, or that my Yasso 8’s are on par. I can’t say any of those things, because I haven’t done those kinds of workouts this time.
Last week’s training:
Tempo: 2 x 3 miles in 7:01 average on a flat dirt trail
Track: 2 mile, 1 mile, 800 and 2 x 400 on a dirt track (Still managed a 3:05 800, which is pretty good for me)
I am continuing to do one run with elevation gain each week, though I will taper those down in a few weeks. And I had to put off my long run until today due to too many track meets.
Is there really such of a thing as too many track meets?
I think not.
This week I will focus on getting in a good long run, as well as keeping my mileage up. Hopefully I can get onto a mondo track later in the week and get some decent feedback on my fitness.
In the meantime, I will focus on being thankful that I am running fairly well, and that I am healthy.
Have a great week!