You can probably tell by this post title that I wasn’t seeing unicorns, hearts, and flowers during my 12 miler on Sunday. It wasn’t that the run itself was bad per se. It’s that I was really grumpy before running and I think that carried over into the first 6 miles.
But let’s back up, shall we? The weather this past weekend pretty much stunk. Rainy and chilly both days, so I knew I’d be running on the treadmill (which I don’t necessarily mind!). I felt pretty good on last week’s long run–despite the blazing hot temps–and have attributed much of that to my “shake-out” run the day before. So I decided to do the same thing this week. Do a short easy run on Saturday and my long run on Sunday.
Saturday’s workout was at the UVa AFC, where I could run on the treadmill and then hop in the pool for a quick 800 yard swim (and then relax in the hot tub yahhh!). I mentioned last week that I HATE how some gyms have treadmills that face a wall or have tv screens attached. I just like to look out and let my mind wander. I also like to people watch 🙂 UVa has some treadmills that are perfectly positioned. One of my favorites looks out over the front of the gym so I can
spy on see people coming in and out.
An easy 5k warmed me up to have a good swim and allowed me to stretch some key areas (right leg IT band) that have been nagging me.
After the short run I booked it down to the pool to join Mitch, who had already swam 1500
I think I’m eyeing the hot tub here.
The hot tub is my reward for basically everything. I get really cold in the pool so I’m always excited when the swim is over! All in all it was a good mini workout that prepped me for Sunday.
Or at least that’s what I thought.
Hmmm, definitely not ideal for running outside. And I’m usually fine banging out my long runs on the treadmill but there was something about the dreary weather that just made me tired, lethargic, and cranky. I literally had to force myself to go to the gym instead of climbing under the covers (I think going back to work last week and adjusting my schedule has made me more sleepy than usual too). When I finally did make it to the gym, around 1:30pm, I was glad no one was really there. Because then I didn’t have anyone to complain to. I was just in that kind of mood
Even after I had set my stuff up on the treadmill I was ready to pack it in and head back home. But then I thought about my 2-mile rule. I told myself I’d give it 2 miles to see how I felt. If I still felt like skipping the run, then I’d go home. Low and behold after 2 miles I decided to see how I felt after 6 miles. And then at 8 miles. And finally I just told myself to man up and finish the damn thing, especially because I had to cut last week’s run short due to the crazy hot temps. It wasn’t the best run I’d ever had, but it certainly wasn’t the worst.
I made a few minor adjustments to my “return to running” plan this week. I ended up running a tiny bit more (24 instead of 23 miles) but doing much less cross-training (although now that I am looking, I realize that I forgot to put in my 800 yard swim on Saturday, the equivalent of just 15 minutes of XT). I keep telling myself the same thing every week: Do more cross-training. But it just doesn’t happen! I’m definitely making it a top priority for this next week. Despite my XT deficit, I am satisfied that I made the 12-mile long run and didn’t wimp out and sleep instead.
How did your weekend run(s) go?
When you feel unmotivated to go for a run can you talk yourself into going? How? (tell me please! I need tips…)