I’ve been mulling over the 5k from a couple weeks ago, and thinking about my goals for upcoming races.....
I know how to put a proper training plan together. I know what type of workouts I should be doing. Yet I do the same stuff over and over. I throw together workouts on the fly depending on how I feel that day. I slack in areas like speedwork on the track because I hate doing it. My "long runs" have never really been long enough for the distances I race (por ejemplo).
However, I've gotten stuck in cycles of pushing too hard on a daily basis before. Then feel like crap at races because I’ve beaten myself up.
I’m not getting any younger though. I’ve been running for over 15 years. Can I really expect to see large gains at this point anyway?
Bringing you the 21 minute 5k since 1994
This week’s workouts:
Monday: 4 miles (outside, flat-course) in 31:14
Tuesday: off (travel day back from NJ)
Wednesday: 6.4 mi (outside, hilly course) w/ jogging stroller in 54:03
Thursday: PT (Trigger Point Needling and TENS treatment)
Friday: 6.0 mi run (outside, hilly course) in 47:49, core
Saturday: 1 mi TM (@7.0, 1% incline), 60 min spin class, 1 mi TM (@7.3, 1% incline), core
Sunday: 1 mi jog w. stroller, stretching
Tomorrow the family will be joining me for the Big Peach Sizzler 10K. This was a really fun race last year. Not sure if I’ll push Emily again or try to race it on my own. Since I’ve been consistently running for the past year, if I have a good day that should equate to like, a whole 5 second PR :/
Maybe I should hire a coach just for the accountability? I feel like I run hard, but don’t see improvements. Should I be happy I'm even maintaining at this point? I don't know what goals are reasonable to set for myself.
On a positive note, welcome September! What are your plans for the long weekend?