Today was a good day. I got off the canvas.
Let’s cut right to the chase – the holidays put me over the top and I felt like going right back into normal training this week would’ve been very difficult.
I had to go back to work on Tuesday so it was right back into the swing of things after Christmas.
Lucky for me, Coach had a Critical Power test set up on Thursday and everything before it was EZ running. This gave me a chance to catch my breath and get myself together.
But Wednesday came around and I still felt pretty tired. I expressed my concerns to Coach and we agreed to call off the CP test this week and keep it EZ.
This turned out to be a huge positive for me. I didn’t realize it until we had the conversation that I needed an easy week. I have been putting in pretty damn good weeks (50+ mile weeks) lately with high quality workouts.
And throw in the busy holiday season, it just caught up to me.
Yesterday was my breaking point. My usual running spot at the Arena is closed all week for its yearly maintenance period. I hate when it’s closed as it’s my favorite place to run (on a treadmill). So I’ve had a weird week of having to adjust just about every run and where I run.
Temperatures have been bitterly cold with wind around here. Throw in icy roads and it’s just not the safest combination to run so I’ve been hitting the treadmill.
Back to yesterday. I went to Crunch Fitness to run. I knew my stomach was in a bad spot and my run would likely be interrupted by the urge to go. Sure enough it happened. Unfortunately there was a freakin’ line at the shitter and these dudes were taking FOREVER. So I waited. And waited. And Waited.
It felt pointless and frustrating.
By the time I finished up and started my run back up, I realized I didn’t have a lot of time. But it didn’t matter.
I wore a new pair of shoes and they felt like the worst pair of shoes ever. My feet actually hurt while running in them! I took them off after mile 3 and called it a day. I hope I can exchange them for another pair of Brooks Launch 4 (which feel great so far).
It just wasn’t a good run. And I felt really bummed afterwards, like I let myself down or something.
Then today happened. A chance for a soft reset. And it went super well. No interruptions. My legs felt fresh. The run flew by (even on the Tready).
I made sleep a priority yesterday and will do so again tonight.
It’s sometimes hard to know when you need to back off for a few days but you have to catch it before it gets bad. And when you do that, let the adaptation happen!
Onward and upward…
Coming soon: Treadmill & calibration and how to make it work