It seems that my well planned training schedule has gone to pot! I partly blame the weather, but mostly I blame the fact that I was slightly over enthusiastic and totally unrealistic about what my body is capable of. I’ve not even been running for a whole year yet, and I’ve had some injury issues, so the idea that I could somehow run five days a week was probably a bit optimistic to say the least.
However, the good news is that, despite skipping more sessions than I’ve completed, I seem to be on track in terms of my 10K training. According to the training schedule, my distance goal for this week is 5 miles (just over 8K), which I achieved fairly easily on Sunday. In fact, I did better than expected and managed to run 9.2K.
This gave me such a boost that I decided not to skip this evening’s session after work and try to get back to the program that I had designed for myself. The general plan was to take it fairly easy and just practise running the 5 miles or 8K. But of course, it didn’t quite work out like that.
As with Sunday’s run, I wasn’t bothered about my pace. I just wanted to see if I could manage the distance. So I set of nice and slowly, enjoying the breeze, the cool sea air and the fact that everyone on the promenade seemed to be going much faster than I was.
I didn’t care though. I was taking it easy, enjoying myself and for the first time ever, I was glad when I finished the first 3K and knew that I still had another 5K to go. I didn’t want to get half way. I wanted to keep running. So, when I reached 4K, I started thinking that maybe I would try the 9.2 again; and when I reached 5K, the thought crossed my mind that maybe I could go for 9.5 or even the whole 10K.
Of course, by the time I approached the 8K mark, my legs were getting tired, but I wasn’t out of breath. Not even a little bit. I realised then that I wasn’t really pushing myself and that it might be a good idea to finish off the workout with a bit of a kick. So I picked up the pace a little bit to get myself to 9K and then thought, what the heck, I might as well do the full 10K!
In the end, it was a very slow run, possibly my slowest run ever. But I did it. I ran 10K without stopping and it felt awesome!
I’m not really sure how I managed to progress to 10K this far ahead of schedule, but I think the main reason (apart from the fact that I run very slowly) is that I skipped some workouts. Recovery and rest days really do seem to make a difference. So, instead of feeling guilty for skipping my workouts, I’m going to start taking it a bit easier and enjoy the days off.
Of course, this also means that I’m going to have to start prioritising certain types of workout and, now that I know I can run 10K, make sure I get some speed training in mid-week. Strange how it’s always the speed sessions that I seem to skip…
What are your running goals at the moment? Are you aiming for speed or distance? How do you cope when the training gets too much? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments.