This week has been a bit a of a struggle for me mentally and physically. I keep trying to get back to my pre-marathon form with my dedication and my nutrition, but sadly I keep failing myself. Last week was a little rough and I told myself it is time to make a change, and when I did it lasted a couple of days and petered off. I think a lot has to do with my current frame of mind. I keep feeling like I don't have enough time in the day to get everything I either need and/or want to accomplish. You would think with the weather changing I would be in better spirits and ready to get out and run, but lately that hasn't been the case. Plus as you may have read from my Thursday post my food intake has become a bit of a problem as well. I don't want to say I feel depressed because at the end of the day I don't have any real problems that warrant me feeling depressed, but I just kind of do. For example I woke up early to get my workout in the other day and I looked for every excuse to skip it and go back to bed, or I would tell myself I can get it in after work and by the time I get home that is the last fucking thing I want to do. I just can't seem to get myself on a schedule that agrees with me and it is aggravating the shit out of me.
Back in the day when I was fat overweight Dean I would try to lose weight and get in shape, and when I'd get started I would be totally focused and disciplined to my goals. Then after a month or two in I would get sick or something would come up that would sideline me for a short time and I would lose all focus. I would start to pull the same crap that is happening to me now. This was my first thought is because I was sidelined for so long due to my injury, which makes total sense, but I worked so hard to get through therapy, so what is the issue? To answer my own question, I think my priorities and my schedule or lack of a schedule is all out of whack. My Therapist wrote me a great training plan for the GCM Owens Corning Half Marathon, but I have failed to properly organize it so it fits in with my work schedule. I really need to sit down and take some time to map out a schedule to get the second half of my training program prioritized along with my other interests. I mean I only have a little over 40 days till I run the Owens Corning Half Marathon at the Glass City Marathon. So maybe going back and reviewing the goals I set for this year will get me inspired to bring back pre-marathon Dean.
So I guess you were wondering when I was going to actually talk about my training for the week. I am sure you can tell by the picture above and my long preamble above that, that should tell you this week wasn't that great. I only got 3 days of running in, one cross training day, one strength day and zero yoga. To most that might sound like I got a lot done, and maybe I am being to hard on myself, but I skipped part or all of my workout on 3 of the 4 days I had something scheduled.
My tempo run on Tuesday went fine, but my long run on Thursday could have been better if my legs were not so tired from my strength training on Wednesday. I started to have some mild knee pain from my IT band in the last two miles and my hamstrings were sore for a couple of days after that. You can read more about that run here. Because I skipped Friday and Saturday's workouts I told myself that there would be no excuses, just running. I had to work so I couldn't do my interval and hill workout at the gym so I ran the intervals on the bike path and used a highway overpass for my hill workout. I decided to take the long way back to the house and throw in a easy tempo run to do it. Here is a selfie from high above the world on a midwest mountain!
I saw this quote today and I think it says exactly what I needed to hear right now!