After such a wonderful run last Saturday you would expect a great week of training coming up! No bronchitis, no cough, feeling well again for the first time in weeks? Yes! Feeling well is so good. On the running front though it’s been tough.
Yep. This week has been filled with running and training because I know I have to get it done. The next happy half marathon is less than three weeks away. I have learnt that races are won in the weeks of training not on the day. I know that putting the effort in now means my best chance of a run that I’m happy with, where I can be as prepared as possible to run my best on the day.
Sunday was a slow tough 12kms. Monday was speed work with The Running Group. Wednesday was hill repeats with Pauly. Thursday. Ahhhh Thursday rest day. Then today I went for a 10km run that at the time felt slow, laboured and sluggish but I was surprised to see I ran those 10kms in 59:59 which is quite fast for a training run for me – I’m usually around 1:02 to 1:06.
I’ve felt like an armadillo running. Sir Galahad and I would be good buddies and so would the Tin Man – we could run as one, all stiff and slow.
Not every run can be happy and fun. Running is sort of like life. Sometimes we just need to get stuff done and it’s the getting it done that makes us happy. Sometimes I just need to be a grown up runner and go out and do it even though I don’t feel like it.
When I got home from today’s run I had a long stretch. I was sore all over. Then a good old foam roll which was just plain painful! Afterwards though it was like shedding my armadillo plates, like taking off my armour and even saying goodbye to my Tin Man-like outer shell. I felt so much relief. Why don’t I use that thing more often? Really! It sits in our lounge room and the most I do with it is to move it when I vacuum the floor.
I must I must I must use my foam roller more!
All this stiffness and soreness has been accompanied by a huge dose of tiredness. I’ve been putting in a few hours everyday on the farm on top of going to work – we have staff shortages. It’s a good way to do a core strength workout! But also a good way to become exhausted.
On the family front it’s been a bit special this week. We received a Save the Date in the mail for the wedding of Brown-eyed Daughter #1 and the gorgeous H. It was such a reminder of how time keeps going by. I loved parenting my children as little people and now being a parent of adults is proving to be just as wonderful. In fact it’s kind of like a reward for surviving those hectic days of zooming around and caring for little people. A lovely young lady who comes to my Story Time started a blog this week about the antics of her little pre-schoolers. I see the facebook photos of the disaster that they cause but to me they are little angels who sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star at Story Time, who dance to Dingle Dangle Scarecrow and totally love If You’re Happy and You Know it Clap Your Hands. If you feel like a lovely read please pop over and visit My Crazy Sweet Chaos.
Tomorrow is parkrun number 48 for me. I’m cutting it fine but I should get my 50 parkruns in just before my 50th birthday.
Getting the running training done even if I don’t feel like it? Yep, thank goodness for a deep understanding that bad runs happen and that there will always be a good run that makes those bad ones worth the effort.
Happy running 🙂