It is time for my runfessions to come out.
I am linking up with Marcia
Be sure to head on over to Marcia's Healthy Slice and share your Runfessions! I promise you'll feel so much better!
You know that statement...at this point in training, you can't do anything else to improve your performance...(hear my big sigh)
That statement was mentioned in a training team email. It kind of bugs me; it isn't much of a comfort to hear, when you feel you had a less than stellar training cycle.
I began to wonder, what would make me feel I had a successful training cycle?
Should I really feel the training blues about the past 11 weeks? Are my feelings justified?
I only had one really good "longer run" - my 8 miler. I was so excited, I posted about it.
My speed work has been OKAY, no sessions where I felt super amazing, but I tried to wake up my fast twitch muscle fibers and work on my breathing. DO fast twitch fibers really exist in everyone? I am not feeling super confident about it right now...
I have had several set backs through out training.
August. Enough said. I don't do heat well and I started in August.
I had some heat exhaustion symptoms that forced a few days off, more than once.
My left hamstring gave me trouble tightening up and I went to PT several times early on in training. I thought it was better, but later in training when my left foot acted up, and I had that stone under the ball of foot sensation, my hamstring started aching...darn kinetic chain.
I have been stretching and stringing together rest days from running, trying to give my legs a break, but I didn't want to miss a bunch of runs.
Oh, and I also took a chunk out of my right heel and missed several days. It took forever to heal and I limped through a week of runs. Thank goodness, it is better now.
My tibia has this ghost pain. I feel a pulse in there on and off and it makes me nervous. Every time I have a few runs where I feel strong and I start to get excited it is gone...I feel that darn pulse. It is a very quick pinch, I feel it as I am typing right now. It is just enough to make me wonder if I am hurting myself, or just experiencing the "awareness" many people describe long after a fracture. It is so annoying not knowing...
Overall, it seems a lot time was spent not feeling 100%. I haven't been able to push myself, because I am too focused on trying to not make something worse.
Dang, I wish that wasn't so, but that is how it has been.
I wish I had some more good runs. You know the runs where your breathing stays smooth, and you feel in the zone...
The runs you finish and you are POSITIVE you could have run longer.
Runs where you feel energetic after wards, and you are twitching to go again.
I just want a few more of those. I need it!
According to my training plan I have eight more runs before the race.
I am really hoping I can still make some magic in my next eight runs.
(Knocking on wood) My hamstrings are feeling better, my foot has finally improved, and I am hoping that trend continues.
Visualization. I am trying to keep that image of myself running strong, crossing the finish line, and doing a mic drop :) on scroll - in my mind.
I don't want to believe my chances to improve my performance are over yet.
At this point in training you can't do anything else to improve your performance...
At what point during training do you believe that is true?
What makes you feel a training cycle is successful?
Do you have a runfession you would like to share?
Hope you have a great weekend!