Even though I am in the “off season” and am not following a training plan, I still sometimes have trouble with not running. When I don’t run I feel guilty, I have a hard time letting it go and I am constantly adding up mileage in my head. If you could see inside my running brain it would be a massive spreadsheet of numbers always totaling to a weekly or monthly mileage (or maybe that’s my accountant brain). While I think this is fun and can be very motivating, I know I need to get over it and it is part of what I am trying to and have been accomplishing this off season.
Running just because I want to.
I was faced with this challenge a couple of times this past week. I had other commitments or sleep won the battle with my alarm, which left me not having time to run or having to choose between running and something else (spinning!). Those days I probably had time to run after work, but after a long commute home I just didn’t want to, so I didn’t. During marathon training I would never do this and would always get myself out the door to run (and always be glad I did), but right now, I am trying to take advantage of not having to run and just letting myself relax. I am working out a lot, I am loving running, so why get all crazy on myself the days I just don’t want to? I am doing my best and can’t expect myself to run that much every single week right now especially when I am cross-training too. I have potential big plans for the spring and need to go into that training refreshed and ready to tackle a big training plan.
So this week my motto became because I want to. I listened to that part of my brain and that’s exactly when I ran.
After a really big previous week, I didn’t set my alarm early and left my workout clothes at home. A rest day was needed and I made sure I took it!
am: 8 mile run
pm: 5 mile run
I met my usual Tuesday morning group for a run and we went on our hillier 8 mile route. My legs weren’t sore after Nike, so I felt pretty good on this run. Plus I had on new shoes which always make a run great!
8.0 miles/1:12:24/9:03 avg pace
That night I went to team lemon run club and Kristin and I had a lot to talk about so we ended up running 5 miles. 13 for the day!
5.0 miles /44:10/8:50 avg pace
5 mile run
1 hour spin
I met up early with Kristin for an easy run, then I went to work, worked for a bit then hit up spin class!
5.0 miles/54:55/9:11 avg pace
1 hour yoga
I had to be in San Francisco first thing Thursday morning so we didn’t have our usual Thursday morning run. I thought about running before, but that would require being out the door at 5am and that just didn’t happen. I thought about running after work, but that didn’t happen either. I really just can’t get myself out the door after a long commute home lately! I was kind of cranky for not running but just made myself get over it.
I did however go to my second yoga class where there was also an earthquake! Luckily I wasn’t in a pose, but was laying on my back and was watching all the lights swaying above me praying they didn’t fall down. We did a ton of leg stretches and I was shaking many times during that hour.
1 hour spin
I woke up so sore from yoga and decided to skip running that morning but did get to a spin class! I am loving these spin classes. I had considered running after work, but once again did not want to, so I didn’t.
10 mile trail run
9.7 miles/1:43:28/10:40 avg pace
Another day with good intentions that didn’t work out. I had my alarm set to run early before I needed to leave to drive to SLO for the week, but my bed won. I did however have the best day ever with my mom eating, drinking, shopping and chatting.
Totals for the week:
Running – 27.7 miles
Spinning – 2 hours
Yoga – 1 hour
So although my running went way down from last week, it was still a great week! I was probably due a cutback week from running anyways. Plus since I don’t have gym access this week, it will be a running heavy week.