We are 4 weeks out from Princess HM and the training continues with LONG long runs now before me. I ran one of those LONG long runs this afternoon. The training plan called for 12.5 miles and I looked at it as just another walk in the park. I was confident that it would be easily completed in about 2 hours 25-ish minutes. What a fool I am as I was truly humbled and brought back to reality today.
I went into work EARLY so I could leave at noon to gitter dun. I have bee obsessed with the weather so I could plan for that perfect day to run this booger. I decided on this afternoon even though the streets are still somewhat icy in spots and slushy in others. The temps were very doable and wind not a factor. Sweet.
I get all geared up and head out the door after taking a deep breath. Lets do this thing. Running my long runs in our neighborhood in the winter is like a sport. I want to run every stretch of street including all of the cul-de-sacs and there are a ton. Seeing the route on my runs after uploading my beloved Garmin is fun stuff to me. I would still love to run these at our favorite bike path along the Mississippi River but its not doable this time of year.
I am doing awesome for the first 6 miles and fully aware that the magice 7 mile mark is just before me. That is the point where I will find out if my knee will give me fits. That is the reason I ahve been getting ART treatments. My last long run of 11 miles was flawless with no pain. This run would not be a pain free run. Right at 7 miles I felt that ache and no, I am not imaging this. Miles 7 through 10.17 were very challenging.
At this point, the slush on the streets was stating to refreeze. Damn! My feet starts to slip and slide a bit, just enough to keep you on guard. The knee ache was there also. I changed my Gymboss to :30/:30 intervals and that helped get me through to 10 miles. Then I was starting to simply get pissed and tearing up with frustration. At mile 8 I dig out my iphone and see if I could get into Dr. Lake (ART) and she wasn't in this afternoon. I will see her Tuesday thank God.
At the 10.17 mile point I reached our house. I decide to give it up outside and finish out on the stupid treadmill. Oh, how I hate that thing. BUT I was NOT going to stop short of my goal. So I head in and tell hubby I am pissed beyond belief and swith my clothing for a TM run. Just 2.5 miles and I will reach my goal.
Running on the TM was miserable and I just wanted this long run to be done! My knee ached and my confidence was trashed, but I did it. I ran 12.5-ish miles and have the numbers to prove it.
It wasn't pretty but I did it. My theory as to what made this a sucky run is that this is about the point in HM training that you may have a truly bad run. I have seen it happen so amny times. Next, I have been pretty lax in my 40 minute runs during the week. Cabin fever and the flu can be blamed but I also a little case of laziness can be factored in. I learned a big lesson there. I learned that Jeff Galloway made those during the week runs for a reason. They are to aid in the continued building of your body's running structure. they are not "just" 4 mile runs. They are important.
Laurie, what do you do now? I am glad you asked. I am NOT going to skip any of my scheduled training runs. We are 4 weeks out and I still have a chance to salvage myrunning fitness. I will go to Dr. Lake to receive my ART treatments. I will start doing my running ST that she Rx'ed so my left leg does not over-compensate for my weak right leg thus the knee pain at 7 miles. I need to have a balanced core and hip muscles. It is vital if I want to run 5 HM's this year.
I have a 14 mile long run in 2 weeks and I fully intend on making it successful. I know that with today's difficult run I gained substantially from it. It was not a waste and it is just part of the process. Trust the process.
Here are the stats for my outside run:
12:16 ap (2/:30 intervals)
980 cals burned
splits: 12:14, 12:14, 12:10, 12:08, 12:13, 12:11, 12:13, 12:07, 12:36, 12:29, 13:02
278 cals burned
There you have it. It was truly hard and definitely not pretty but I got it done no blood but the sweat and the tears. I have been humbled back into reality.
Until next time...