We are not quite a month into the new year, a year in which I have set some pretty lofty goals for myself, and running has kind of been all over the place. There have been a few good workouts, a week and a half of feeling like garbage, and some not so great weather.
It really has been a weird stretch. Last Wednesday I put in a pretty good workout with the group over at FleetFeet and yesterday I had a nice little speed session on my own. In between, I bailed a mile and a half into a steady state run on the treadmill and I didn’t run at all on Sunday because the weather was awful, the roads were a mess, and everything was closed (except for work, I did have to work).
Those speed sessions on the past two Wednesday, were a nice little confidence boost. Two weeks ago, I did 6×5 minutes at 7:50ish pace with one minute of recovery. This Wednesday, I did 3×10 minutes at 8:15ish pace with two minutes of recovery. I have not done many efforts like that since starting my comeback from bad knees a little more than a year ago.
That workout I bailed on Saturday, well that just pissed me off, for a number of reasons. I’m mostly upset because I wasn’t tough enough to push through it. I was on the treadmill and 8:40 pace felt like sprinting. I smashed the stop button on the treadmill, feeling defeated and annoyed. I ended up spending some time on the elliptical and the rowing machine before giving up and going home. I’m also annoyed with myself for not going outside. I wanted to be comfortable and run in shorts and a T-shirt. The treadmill sounded like a good choice but the treadmill has been a struggle for me this year. I should have known better.
I’m not where I want to be right now and I have had to change my goal for the Mid-Winter Classic because of it. That’s OK, as I wrote before, my goal race is in October. Still, I would like to be in a better place than I am right now. I can’t really control that I got sick, but I need to do a better job of time management and motivation.
That stuff is coming along. This week is off to a good start. I did a little CrossFit workout Monday, which I thought was going to kill me, but I want to try to mix in a few times a week because I need to get stronger. I then played some tricks to get myself through a 6-miler on the treadmill, I had that good workout yesterday and I did a super-easy recovery 4 miles in the pouring rain today.
Hopefully, I can continue the momentum and get myself into a good spot for the NYC Half, then into a good place to crush training for the Chicago Marathon.
2019 is a year of big goals, for which I need to do a lot of training to reach. I just hope it won’t be such a mixed bag.