Can you believe it is almost March ? I love that spring will be here in 3 weeks, even though we have had great weather this winter. I love long days and the sun is up now on my morning runs.
This past week had some ups and downs for me, luckily it started off with the downs and got better by the time Friday rolled around.
Without going in to any of the details, I went through phases of sadness, frustration, disappointment, boredom, anger, fear. Little things bothered me, that should have been sources of joy :
- I wanted a new dress …but spent over 30 minutes in my usual store to come out empty handed. Nothing fit right.
- I got my haircut …except my stylist changed the cut a bit and I don’t like it.
- I had a important conversation with someone …but it didn’t really go as planned.
- The week should have been calm at work …but several things happened which frustrated, disappointed and angered me.
I think it was a combination of hormones + feeling tired, physically and emotionally, from my long run last Sunday + my emotional week which lead to me eating ALL THE FOOD. Which of course didn’t help my energy or mood.
With my marathon training, I did a 25 mile run/walk last Sunday. Boy, did I feel it on Monday & Tuesday. I had stretched and foam rolled like crazy, and lived in my compression socks, so my muscles were fine. Nothing really hurt specifically but I could tell my body had gone through a major event. I had one or 2 knee niggles, I was stiff, sleeping poorly (I ALWAYS sleep poorly after long runs) and felt physically battered.
This situation started playing with my mind. Then I downloaded my long run to my computer and realized that I had lost the GPS signal for a while and based on the time estimate, I did OVER 26,5 miles. No wonder I felt battered. But my physical condition continued to play mind games.
I had a run on my plan Tuesday and Thursday… the Tuesday run was tough, I did more walking than running but at least I was out. Thursday was a little faster. Both days I did 6 km. But doubts kept creeping in…
- I have one more really long run before the marathon, will I be able to do it ?
- What if I am injured ? What if I over did it ?
- Will I ever be able to do the marathon in under 5 hours ?
- Why am I doing this ?
I was scared I wouldn’t be able to complete the marathon and doubts plagued me all week. Like this small rain cloud hovering, waiting to pour.
Then this came in the mail on Friday :
Sue from This mama runs for cupcakes was giving away a momentum jewelry bracelet and she chose me ! I was so happy to receive it. It gave me the boost of confidence I needed to get out of my funk, go do my mile repeats which were on my plan Saturday. 10 x 1 mile repeats at marathon pace with a 5 minute walk in between each. Luckily I have some distances measured where I usually run because my gps watch REFUSED to pick up the signal. I think it is seeking revenge because I was mean to it in my February Runfessions post just this week ! I did around 13 miles total. With negative splits. And it felt good.
When I got back from my run Saturday, this was in the mail :
I have spent my whole training looking at my watch to check the time of my run / walk intervals. This will allow me to program my intervals and it will beep or vibrate. Lunch was also ready.
Appetizer : mango, avocado, grapefruit & crab meat :
Main dish : Cod with roasted carrots and broccoli :
I finished off the mango for dessert, one of my favorite fruits.
Yeah, Saturday finished on a great note.
It is school vacation here so I am off for a couple days to the country side, to spend time with my family, in front of the fire, without much internet access !
I am linking up with Holly and Tricia at Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap. Be sure to head on over and offer some positive support to the participating bloggers ! There are more and more people every week with fun, new blogs to discover.
How was your week ?