Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tuesday's Tangents...

So today was exhausting. It started early (4am) when I dragged myself out of bed to get ready to run. I snoozed my "wake up and go to the gym" alarm so running was my last training option this morning...

I've been discussing the possibility of eliminating intervals (gasp) during my runs with two of my running friends who... independently... on the same day... in separate conversations... made that recommendation. I argued all the reasons why the idea was ridiculous, but agreed to "at least try it and see". 

So this morning I ran a non-stop 5K...
(not bad right?)

I was trying to beat my 5K PR time so I ran the last mile really really really fast...

I was exhausted after...

But I've been working on doing squats daily so figured there was no time like the present...
(I'm still trying to improve my form so I don't lean forward so much)

I don't feel 100% ready for my half this weekend [Oh that reminds me, it's race week...yay]. I've been trying to juggle a million different things recently and I just feel like training hasn't been the priority. Plus my right hip flexor was really tight and the pain started getting worse so I took some mandatory rest days and then converted some a lot of cross training days into rest days. I don't like going into a race feeling unprepared, but I'm not hoping for a PR so I'm going to try and focus on just finishing it injury-free (I will definitely run intervals for this half)

In addition to juggling life's competing priorities, today was all about celebrating two small victories:
That moment when she smiled in the selfie...

And that moment when I felt like I made a small difference...

How was your day today? Did you run/cross train/rest?

What are some of the "small victories" you celebrated today?

How do you deal with going into a race feeling unprepared?


  1. Today is a rest day for me, and I need it! Good job running without intervals. I see nothing wrong with using them, but some runners outgrow them and it's good to let your body test its limits!

    1. Thanks! I hope you enjoyed your rest day :) At the height of my training (pre hip injury) I got up to running 5 miles non-stop. I'm hoping to be able to do more this training cycle but I'm going to take it slowly and pace myself :)

  2. Tuesday was rest day for me. I was still recovering from my unplanned 10 mile race from Saturday....so yup did a race I was not prepared for....I didn't die-lol!!

    Try to rest and stretch ( especially thay hip flexor) the rest of the week.

    Good luck this weekend.

    Congrats on your 2 victories...such a pretty smile too ; )


    1. Thanks Tamieka! I hope the recovery goes well ;) For the race I'm just going to take it easy. It's all about finishing strong because I have other races coming up so I need to stray on target with my training :)


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