Just a quick note about my week of "training"
Total RUNNING Weekly Miles: 20
Total hiking miles: 14
Monday: 6 miles at 8:00 pace
The legs felt tired, but a good tired today. They felt like they had worked super hard - a feeling I love. What they did not feel like was 10,000 lbs (which was the case for a few days prior to Monday). It was that feeling of "yeah! I ran 16 miles yesterday! And I am that much stronger today!". I had to be super cautious of my form since my legs were still recovering a bit from the long run, but I enjoyed it!
Tuesday: Tornado warnings = no run for me = sad Dani.
Wednesday: Parent night until 8:30pm = no run again = sad Dani again.
Thursday: 8 miles at 8:07 pace.
By this point in the week I am suffering. Teaching has definitely been the hardest thing I have ever done. I have no time to sleep, and barely any time to run. My legs drag on runs now because I am standing up so long during the day and because I know I am not getting the rest I need at night (sleeping). This was a slow run and my body was tired throughout. I am constantly telling myself to just get to the next mile and then I'll worry about the rest from there. One step in front of the other. Slowly but surely I get to the finish and I feel thankful that I pushed through.
Friday: 6.35 miles at 7:49 pace.
Finally! I felt good today. We had a half day of inservice which allowed me to sit for THREE hours! Hallelujah! You just would not believe the difference that three hours of sitting would make on tired legs. I felt like I could finally enjoy a run and I did. It was a gorgeous afternoon and I was so thankful to be out there.
Saturday: 14 miles of hiking.
I found out that I do not like hiking, especially for 14 miles. I woke up exhausted (that is what 6 hrs of sleep a night will do to me) and could not get out of the funk the entire time. I will spare you the details and internal monologue I had with myself throughout the hike, but let's just say that I was more than happy to get back home when we were done.
I can't be so negative, because the view was great, and the people I was with were even better. Just next time, I'll know to be better rested.
Sunday: Forced day off.
My body needed a day off. My mind needed a day off. It drives me crazy to see that I only ran 20 miles in what is the peak time of my training. But I cannot push my body. Runner's World tweeted a post about overtraining this week and I took it as a sign. I know I can run a marathon. I know I have the endurance and the mental power. However, I don't know if I'll have the energy if I continue on as I am.
My goal for this week is to get 7 hours of sleep on at least three school nights. Do I feel confident in the goal? Sadly, no. But to stay sane, I must try my best to accomplish it.
I would love to hear how others are doing! How was your weekend? How is your running going? Since I didn't get in a long run this weekend, how did yours go?