So, I can finally chill for a moment and reflect on my own training. This week in Room 9A, we are reading about women in history, today specifically Gertrude Ederle (first woman to swim across the English Channel). In the story, she tries to cross once and doesn't make it. She starts training in a new way, and makes it the next time. She reflects on what went wrong and attempts to correct it. While I don't think anything was WRONG in my training, I think my legs forgot how to go fast. After 20 marathons, sorta back-to-back, they were used to those long slow miles. I'm using past tense right now b/c I thinking (hoping mostly) that my legs remembered and learned how to go fast. Here are the overall goals of my new training plan:
*In early weeks (now) work on short, fast intervals. This should improve my form, leg turnover rate, and cardiovascular system.
*Decrease mileage ever so slightly to allow my body the space it needs to recover from these newish type of workouts. (I haven't really done these since college.)
*In the 2nd half of the training, I will zone in on marathon specific style training, and ramp back up to around 100 mpw. However, I will not stay at 100mpw as long as I did last cycle.
So, here have been my key workouts for the past few weeks:
Week of Jan. 18- 10 x 400 in 86-90 sec.; 12 x 200 in whoknowswhat (track markings botched) 87mpw
Week of Jan. 25: 6 x 800 in 3:00-3:00 (wanted faster, but no luck); 4 x (2x200, 400); 87mpw
Week of Feb 1: 5 x 1000 in 3:45 (6:00pace); 15K race; 75mpw
In summary, I'm sort of on a roller coaster of feelings right now. Most of the time, I'm not even focused on my own running. I am totally flying by the seat of my pants with the track job. Instead of sitting around thinking about my own paces, races, and every step, I am worried about my athletes. (Did you catch that? I said MY athletes. Hehe.)
Also, I've been battling this sinus stuff, which got better, then worse, now better again. On top of that, I feel this weird strain near my groin/pelvis. Stretching helps, but the slight pain always makes me super worried b/c I'm really not a 'get injured' type of runner. Crazy thing of it all is that the faster I go, the less I *feel* it.
I'm racing the Double Bridge 15K this weekend. I have a love/hate relationship with this race. It is the ONLY 15K I've ever raced, and running over the bridges is beautiful! Plus, I get to see Speedy Anna. The hate part is that the bridges are like glorified hills- HARD! My last few races have been such bombs, that I am sort of dreading this race in a way. I know that I haven't had too many successes lately with running (um, or life in general), and that just puts the pressure on even more.
I know a few Brooks ID people read this, but I'll just say that I have no idea why I was chosen for the Bluestreak program. I mean, I am totally, totally honored (and geeked out/excited), but there are TONS of more talented, faster runners than me. After reading the description of Bluestreak, I was kind like, "Um, me? Is this is mistake?" So now I sorta feel like I might let someone down besides myself. Surely someone did their homework enough to know that my running is a constant roller coaster. (Well, my whole like is really like that, not just running. Haha.) Anyway, that's another stressor for me regarding my own running.
I could write a whole post of RW's Kara Goucher article, but I'll just say a few things about that. I love that girl. That article makes me love her even more. I am so, so, relieved to know that even elites have these glooms of self-doubt. The whole time I was reading the article, I was thinking, "Me, too! Me, too!" Even someone as fabulous as her has those dread feelings. "Everyone has their weakness. Mine is confidence." I could've written that myself; in fact, I may have at some point. One of her quotes really stuck with me. She said her word for one season was fighter. Then she says, "I wanted to fight. I wanted to scrap all the way to the finish." Oh, I love it. I got my RW magazine on Saturday, and I've honestly read that article every day since then. The thing that inspires me SO much about her, besides her blazing speed, is the way she got a grip on those demons and reined them in. I'm also inspired that someone so fast, cute, and PERFECT can be so humble. Reading about her suggests that maybe I am not so weird after all. I can't relate to those blazing times she's throwing down, but I can totally relate to all the feelings she's described. It's comforting not being alone in your own thoughts sometimes. I love this picture of her, too. She's beautiful, fast, and shows real emotion= totally rockin' girl! (Bonus points for sporting pink running clothes!)
So, when the tough gets goin' fight and scrap your way to the finish!