I struggled a lot at the end of week four on my long run. It was a cutback week, but my legs were heavy and I was just tired.
The holiday really messed with my schedule in week 5. Since Tuesday was a holiday, I went to my strength class on Monday with my sister. It was with a different instructor and it was great, but also rough. We did a ton of squats and lunges which is a tough way to kick off the week.
Tuesday I met up with my training team for speed work in the morning. It was about 90 minutes later than I normally run, humid, and my legs were tired. The workout was 3×1600 and the pace was intimidating. I did fine on my first, bailed halfway through my second (then finished) and struggled through the third. I got it done, but I was feeling pretty unsatisfied after the workout.
My Wednesday tempo was supposed to be at marathon pace. I was happy about that because it’s considerably slower than what I’ve been running for tempo. I didn’t do anything for the 4th, so I wasn’t up late. Regardless, I struggled hard the entire run and, mentally, just felt like crap after.
I know not every run will be a good one, but a few bad ones in a row gets hard to shake. I was feeling down on myself and was having a hard time pushing aside the negative thoughts. Why do I struggle so much in the heat? How can I properly train if I can’t make myself push through and keep going? When will things start to click? Will the entire summer just feel horrible? Realistically, heavy strength work followed by an interval workout, followed by a MP run was likely the reason for my struggle. I strive to be a no-excuses runner though, so blaming my previous workouts for my crappy performance just didn’t feel like an option.
In an attempt to salvage my week, I continued my routine of heading to the gym on Thursday. I did my 60 minutes on the treadmill while watching Bloodline and it was honestly the best run all week. I felt strong the entire run.
My training group decided to change our start time from 7am to 6:30 am to help a bit with the heat. Since Chicago is a few weeks before Richmond, I have been meeting some other runners early to get in extra miles. The new start time meant a very early start time for us, but I prefer getting it over with as early as possible!
For this week’s long run, I decided to switch up my hydration to Skratch Labs. I had a feeling part of my struggle had to do with my run nutrition. Moving back to Virginia, I knew summer training would be warmer, but I started out with similar nutrition and planned to adjust as needed. It was pretty clear I needed to adjust, and Skratch Labs seemed to do the trick. It was a little less humid, but overall I felt really strong during my long run and was able to push out a fast finish final mile. Hopefully sticking with Skratch will help moving forward.
My husband had to worked a LOT the past two weeks so we hadn’t gotten to spend much time together. Saturday, we went to brunch and then continued checking out some of the local breweries. The weather was really nice on Sunday, so we headed downtown to explore some of the cool outdoor things Richmond has to offer.