The Stupid Week from Stupid Town

19 Aug

aka marathon training, week of 08/11

Overall, this week was plagued by a combination of too much work stress, not enough sleep, and – for the first time in over 8 months – the feeling of just plain not wanting to go run.  Just about every run this week was a struggle to get out the door.

I didn’t skip any runs so I can’t beat myself up too much – in reality, the only “damage” done was that I ended up cutting off about 10 minutes from what I had wanted to do on a few days.

Here’s how it shook out:

Monday: 50 minute easy run; 5.44 miles
Tuesday: Hamstring is about 95% better, but the speed workout was short intervals. Figured I should try to not be stupid and decided to skip. Intended to run easy instead and succumbed to a beer after work instead.
Wednesday: 50 minute easy run; 5.35 miles
Thursday: 55 minute easy run; 6.64 miles
Friday: 60 minute easy run; 7.3 miles
Saturday: 55 minute easy run; 6.44 miles
Sunday: 2h15m (stupid)long run; 16 (stupid)miles

Total:   47.2 miles

So, the long run. I had it in my brain that maybe I wanted to race a half marathon after all and decided to run the idea by Laura to see what she thought.  After much debating over the pros and cons, she offered up a great option: run the long run she had on her schedule with her.  It was supposed to be a progression from 8:45 down to 8:15 for the first 12 miles, and then if we felt good, pick it up to 7:30-7:45 for the last 4.  This sounded totally doable (tough, but doable) and like a great confidence-boosting workout to throw down one month before my race.

We ended up making it even more of an adventure by turning it into a little weekend getaway, but more on that later.

It went really well at first … until all of a sudden it wasn’t so great.  My heart rate was through the roof and an 8:30 (stupid) pace felt like 7:30, effort-wise.  Things got really negative in my (stupid) mind.  I eventually felt dizzy and disoriented.  It was delightful (alliteration, mother fuckers).

Even a day later, I’m still not sure what to make of this.  It was humid and I was definitely dehydrated.  It felt like Wineglass all over again.  I didn’t take any water with me and that was probably my big (stupid) mistake.  What is hard for me to wrap my head around is that just simple dehydration could have made the run that bad, or made 8:30 pace feel that bad.

I have to say that Laura is not only one of the best friends you could ever hope to have, but that she is most likely an actual goddamn saint.  I was the epitome of whiny bitch at many points during this run, and she had nothing but words of encouragement for me.  I am truly lucky.

So, another (stupid) week in the books.  Here’s hoping this week is better.



7 Responses to “The Stupid Week from Stupid Town”

  1. bendiful August 19, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    Hey you stuck with it and that’s what counts! I hate those runs that just don’t come together. I would have stopped and walked home, I’m not a fighter. Keep up the good work!

    • upstaterunner August 19, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

      Thanks girl 🙂 It’s so tough to fight through it when you want to throw in the towel. I’ve certainly done it many times before, and I know I’ll do it again too.

  2. Entirely Amelia August 19, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    Stupid week!

  3. Laura @losingrace August 19, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

    MUAH! You are awesome, and I was so happy we got to have this weekend. While maybe parts of it didn’t go as planned, we certainly made the best of it all. I KNOW for a fact that Lehigh is going to be awesome for you and I can’t wait to be there when it all goes down. Stupid runs, stupid weeks, stupid dehydration, all of that…it happens. But you know what…. so do great runs like that 22.5 you did the week before, and the GREAT winter and spring SMART training you did. Head up, game face on… in a few weeks you’ll be a Boston qualifier.

    • upstaterunner August 19, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

      You are still a saint.

      Thanks for pulling my whiny butt through and thanks for a super fun weekend 😀

  4. Meghan Loftus August 20, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    Dehydration can DEFINITELY make a run go south, really fast. Especially in high humidity! Also, the whole hating-to-run thing sounds pretty appropriate given that you’re just starting/about to start your taper? I always hate running the week after my last huge long run, when I’m technically starting to taper but still seem to have a ton of miles on the schedule.

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