The running week started out well with fresh-ish legs for a base run, but only a couple days later the unthinkable finally happened: I had to tap out on a workout with Trainer. It only took 3 1/2 years and 10 weeks of Shelter-In-Place for it to occur, but it did. Boooo. Turned out to be a good thing though, so read on for how the running week went, including this most humbling of events.
Training overall began with a solid day of lifting heavy. I had been concerned with losing too much muscle, because while I have been continuing with my regular running mileage, I had not been able to lift at my regular gym or train with my coach during the first few weeks of quarantine. Anyway, I am fortunate that my coach is partners in a private gym, so I was able to work out with him one-on-one in privacy, and on Monday, we had a lower body heavy lifting session. I love feeling strong.
I also had a fun run with my OG running crew. With these new working conditions, we are able to meet for mid-week runs, so we went to a spot I found that has a semi-private straightaway — just perfect for 400m repeats. So we did 6x 400m repeats with a 400m recovery jog in between. It was great seeing people, and since E is a bit faster than I am, it pushed me a little, and I had a couple repeats that were under goal pace and was able to finish the workout somewhat comfortably, which may or may not be a good thing as we’ll see below.
Well, silly me. I knew the day after my 400m repeats that I was meeting Trainer for a hill run which, I wouldn’t normally do a hard back-to-back like that, but I thought I could handle it. Like maybe I would be a little slower, but I’d still be able to get a solid run in. Welp. I got to .28 miles up that hill and was like “No mas!” My quads were burning, and there was just no way. I was a little baffled because my mileage is good, and even if I’m not doing heavy lifting, I still do prehab and was feeling pretty healthy, so I was quite surprised that my legs felt so dead.
In discussing things with Trainer, turns out I have not been pushing myself enough to build up the lactic acid necessary to get faster and stronger. Yikes. I feel seen. Ha. Listen, obviously I push myself, I’m a semi-competitive runner, but let’s be honest…if I train by myself, I won’t push myself to the level I need to in order to see gains. Let’s put it this way: I never want to puke and black-out when I’m doing 400s on my own. I never feel like my legs — and even my arms! — are swimming in lactic acid when it’s just me. So in order to replicate that somewhat Trainer suggested doing a lot of hill training…so here we are…8 horrible trail miles where I had to stop several times on the way back. It’s OK. I will attempt this again next week. A challenge is good.
Hope you all are safe and doing self-care in these times. It’s a lot. Peace.
Total Weekly Mileage: 31
Long Run: 8 miles