I’m a little late with my week in review, last week was so bad that I didn’t want to write about it.
I only managed three runs last week, for a total of 19.7KM. Less than half of what I ran the week before.
Total Distance: 19.7KM
AVG Pace: 5:52/KM
Total Time: 1:2:32
I started off the week decently with a fairly fast 6.57KM in 36:01, for a 5:29/KM pace. Felt good and fast.
I was able to keep it up on Monday, running 8.10KM in 46:47 for a 5:47/KM Pace. Wasn’t feeling my best during the run and started feeling some pain towards the end.
I was in quite a bit of pain after the Monday run, so much so that I decided to take it easy and rest. I got busy with work and didn’t push myself as much as I could have, hence the low mileage week.
Saturday Night Run
I had some big personal decisions to make on Saturday, so I did what any self-respecting runner would do… I ran. I got some clarity on my run and was able to make what in hindsight was the correct choice. I got in a slow and painful 5KM, in 31:42 for a 6:21/KM pace.
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I’m worried that dropping my mileage so far will affect my marathon training. In the past, I’ve been erratic with my training, which has led to me running races without adequate training. I’m hoping this time to make a plan and stick with it. I decided on the Hal Higdon Intermediate 1 Plan and began today with an easy 5KM run. This is an 18-week training plan, ending in March, just in time for the Jerusalem Marathon, if I can make it there.
Patience and Perseverance
Runners often say that the hardest part of a marathon is the training. It seems ridiculous, because we’re training for a marathon, why would we need to train for it if the training was harder than the race? The truth is, marathons are hard, but at the end, you’re done. You get a medal and sense of accomplishment. When training, you have to think long term. You can’t rush your training (I’ve tried) and you don’t get a reward after each grueling training run.
It’s so tempting to say “I’m not feeling a run today”, or “I’ll change the plan and skip the long run this week, I’ll make it up another day”. I’ve done it so many times, that I believe I’ve proven without a shadow of a doubt that it doesn’t work well. I end up running marathons that my body is not ready for. When your heart rate is hitting 200, early on in a marathon, you’re in big trouble!
I Can Do It!
Being bipolar, following plans is not easy for me. I tend to go with the wind, so to speak. If I’m feeling high one day, I’ll try to run extra. If I’m feeling down, running seems impossible. The fact that I have this extra challenge, is motivating me to prove that I can, in fact, follow a set plan to completion and arrive at my next marathon fully prepared. Just watch, I’m going to do it!
Have you ever followed a training plan to completion? Have you ever run a race that you weren’t prepared for?