I’m annoyed. I’m frustrated. I’m discouraged. I’m pissed. I’m questioning.
Yup, that effectively sum up the running portion of training week 4. Coming out of week 3, I was amped up and ready to take on what, on paper, seemed to be a scaled back week. The week was scheduled for 32 miles, as opposed to 40 from the week prior, and no races to sap extra energy. So what the hell happened?
I’ve got one theory as to why I ran way slower this week and didn’t meet my distance goal: I’m not taking this serious enough and Mother Nature is conspiring against runners everywhere.
I’m not taking this serious enough…
- I’m drinking too much: My affinity for mojitos, gin & tonics and wine is not conducive to my body’s ability to support running at a fast clip over long distances.
- I’m staying up late: My affinity for Big Bang Theory and writing this blog are not conducive to getting enough sleep for recovery.
- I’m not eating well: Unfortunately, when I travel for work, I tend to overindulge a little…maybe a lot. This leads to dreaded GI issues. Ugh.
Mother Nature is conspiring…
- I now know what a “Tropical Plume” is: It sucks and it’s wet and makes the air as thick as pea soup.
- I am not a Kenyan: As a 180lb runner, I don’t run well in high heat. Problem…it was hot. In New Hampshire it was hot. In D.C. it was “my name is Lucifer” hot (and beyond humid) during my time there.
These two elements, when added together make for the worst week of running I’ve had since I started running about a year-and-a-half ago. The reality is that Mother Nature could allow for a perfect race day, or perfect training month, and if I don’t hold up my end of the bargain, I won’t even come close.
Luckily, week 4 is over and week 5 is here to allow for a new beginning. Week 4, for all its demonic misery (ok that may be a bit overdramatic), provided plenty to reflect on.
The main reflection point came during my trip this week to D.C. was purchasing the latest issue of Fast Company. The cover story is about Baratunde Thurston’s recent “unplugged” period from the digital world. Just a head’s up, I will be doing this soon to better prepare. In the end, my goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon, not to maintain a blog. In order to get my ass in gear to be able to run 7’05”/mi for 26.2, it’s going to take some adjustments. More to come on this soon.
Lastly, my run Sunday felt a lot better. Not great, but better, especially considering I’m carrying war wounds from trying to show off my freakish physical ability. Just a head’s up, trying to jump vertically out of a pool (waist deep) and land on the other side of the deep-end divider is not as easy as it sounds (FYI, I made it out of the pool, just wasn’t able to cross over…ouch, rope burn). Like I said, I need to get serious….that was just fucking stupid.
I hope you all are starting off on a terrific week. Go get ‘em!