Road To Chicago in Search of a PR #9
Post #9 | Monday, Week of May 11th – May 17th
Two thoughts have been on my mind recently:
1. Runners tend to have short-term memories. “You’re only as good as your last great workout or race” can be a common theme that plays out in your head, conveniently ignoring where you’re at in your training cycle or racing plans or return from injury.
2. I also feel like it’s nearly impossible for a non-professional runner to do everything right 100% of the time. Pre-run dynamic stretches, run, strides, drills, post-run stretches, foam rolling, icing, strength work, core work, nutrition, 2nd run, etc. Something to strive for, to be certain, but life’s other commitments usually get in the way and you fall short in one aspect or another.
I’ve been thinking of these two things lately because it feels like I’m in a rut and too infrequently have good days, even when I account for where I am in my cycle, racing plans, and return from injury. I think I can do better with number 2 by managing my time more effectively. I want more good days.
I’m also going to put more emphasis on this 3-pronged approach to my training: 1. Speed 2. Strength and 3. Nutrition. My nutrition (by my account) is notoriously awful. Too much emotional eating during the crappy winter eating my feelings. That means meatball hero subs and pizza. Frequently. Embarrassing.
I’ll talk more about all these things in future posts as I implement them into my training. As for last week, here’s how things shaped up:
M – AM Easy 5.1 miles PM Easy 5 miles Total – 10.1 miles
T – AM Easy 8.2 miles
W – AM Easy 5.8 miles PM Easy 4.5 miles Total – 10.3 miles
T – AM Easy 11.4 miles PM Easy 4 miles Total - 15.6 miles
F – Easy 5.6 miles
S – Long Run w/ 2x (2mi @ MP on 1mi @ 7min/mile) (MP ~6min/mi) – 15 miles @ 7:25/mi avg.
S – Easy 10.6 miles
Mostly mileage this week as I never got on track to do a speed session. Saturday was a nice strength workout with James McQuade, Brad Weiss, and Joe Eagan. Hopefully, we’ll build on that sequence of Marathon Pace intervals on relatively quicker recovery (7min/mi).