The RRCA course is over and my head is full of running. So much so that in the 2 hours we’ve been driving home so far it’s been decided that my husband will be starting a 10k training plan, designed by me, this Thursday. Or a week from Monday, he’s not sure yet. Whatever, I’m tired and have had so much information crammed into my head this weekend that I kind of want to do anything except talk about running but of course all I can think and talk about is running. So let’s talk about running and hate every second of it, shall we?
I’ve been droning on in a couple of posts lately about how I need to let myself rest, it’s hard for me to take rest days and weeks, etc. Well something has to give. I was sick for a week and tried to run through that, keep my mileage up to about 40 even though my body was screaming at me to just stop. I started getting a little pain in my hip last week, felt tired and was dragging through the heat, and still didn’t stop. So what will it take for me to get the message?
Apparently I need pyramid charts in order to see the light. I would say within the first two hours of the RRCA course I was convinced I needed a rest week, or two. Just seeing in chart form the bottom of a training pyramid saying “rest, break, healthy” (or something along those lines, I could be making this whole thing up)made me realize that if I want to actually be able to train effectively for Philly and have a shot at a PR, I’m going to have to STOP f@$&ing around and start getting real about what’s going to be helpful. Going full blast into a marathon training plan while tired, burnt out and with a nagging “feeling” in my thigh/hip just does not jive with my goals.
When I first got to Cape Cod on Thursday I was hoping to run there 2 days. I thought I’d be all pumped to run in the cooler weather and new scenery. And for the first 3 miles of Friday morning’s run, I was. But by the 7th I realized I wasn’t feeling great, and I didn’t feel like my typical strong happy running self. So between that red flag and the first couple of hours of the course, all of this was happily (okay not happily) clarified.
So I learned a lot in this course, to say the least. But 3 main points that drove home for me, for my own running and not coaching related are:
- You need to start taking down weeks if you want to be a better runner. No excuses, just do it!
You need to actually stick with a training plan for a marathon instead of writing a new one each week. No cheating the training plan! (especially by doing “more” than you’re supposed to)
You’ve made a ton of mistakes in the past, and you’ll probably make more with Philly too, but it’s okay, if you learn from them and BECOME A BETTER RUNNER.
So the theme here is STOP BEING STUPID AND BECOME A BETTER RUNNER in a nutshell.
And now since I’ve thoroughly scared myself straight, I’ll post some pictures of my family from the weekend, since I’m trying to be a good blogger that way:
And a few more:
Truthfully my husband usually gets the best pictures. He should really have a blog of all pictures. I need to start stealing some from him.
Did you ever have an “okay I need to get serious moment” with something in your life? Was it a chart that convinced you? (likely no, just figured I’d throw it out there) 🙂