You guys, Big Cottonwood is just 5 weeks away!!!!!!
I am so nervous about it. If I’m being honest, I don’t know if I am going to BQ. I KNOW I should have a positive attitude but I think I’m being realistic. I know I’m in shape to PB, I know I can do sub 3.40 but whether I can run 3.30…I don’t know.
As you might have seen on my Instagram last week, my shins have been niggling. Having suffered with shin splints before and could feel the tell tale pains returning, so I quickly booked myself in for a dry needling appointment and took a couple of days off from running.
I know I haven’t been as good at the strengthening for this training as I had wanted to be, however I’ve got to accept that I’ve done the best I can with the travel, moving, studying etc. And I’ve been getting faster over my speed workouts and tempo runs.
The tempo runs scared the crap out of me. There’s something about a 7.XX min mile that makes me question my ability to hit it when I see it on a training plan. Thankfully, running a 10K PB with a 7.32 average pace a couple of weeks ago convinced me that maybe I can actually do it, and so I’ve been giving them my best effort.
Sometimes I think we talk ourselves out of a pace or time before we even try it.
It’s one of the reasons I think working with a coach is so great, they know what you have, even if you don’t trust yourself.
Part of the reason I’m nervous about September’s marathon is that I don’t feel my fittest, or strongest I ever have. I still harp back to my Berlin training in 2014 where I felt unstoppable. However I’ve got to remember that I still have 5 weeks, in which time I can do my best to get into amazing shape, getting my nutrition and recovery back on track.
My training has been similar to plans that have worked in the past for me; a speed workout, a tempo/threshold session, long run and some easy runs thrown in. In fact, I’ve got an EASY run that is 4 mins running, 1 min walking every week that I really look forward to. I’ve heard on numerous podcasts that a lot of us don’t run our hard runs hard enough, or our easy runs easy enough…but this training plan that Ash has me really pushing myself during those tempo runs and speed sessions, but take it soo easy on easy days.
Regardless of what happens in September, I know that this training is working for me, and with the addition of a little more strength work, I know that I can run a BQ. This is a long term goal for me, and I will not give up until I achieve it.
I know a lot of you are really interested in following my training on a weekly basis, so I’m going to share my training recaps going forward on a Monday (this was one of the most requested blog topics!!).
Monday – REST
Tuesday – 2 mile warm up, 6 x 800m at 6.55-7.10 min mile pace (400m walking recoveries), 1 mile cool down.
I didn’t have access to a track so did this up and down a straight bit of road. Managed to hit all of my paces for this which I was super proud of.
Wednesday – Easy run with Emma – 3.5 miles, 4 mins running, 1 min walking.
Thursday – 2 mile warm up, 4 miles at 7.25-7.35 min mile pace, 1 mile cool down
I just couldn’t hit the paces for this, but I kept going and pushing as hard as I could. 7.36, 7.45, 7.48, 7.49 min miles. This was TOUGH in the heat, but I gave it all I could and am pleased I didn’t quit or let the paces scare me too much.
Friday – REST
Saturday – REST
Sunday – REST
Two solid workouts, an easy run (and a postponed long run to give my shins a break!) Not the ideal week but not a total loss either. Speaking to my coach, Ash, we discussed the back up plan if the shins don’t play ball, and the longer term plan which I’m excited to have in place. I am one of those people that needs to take the pressure off, I need to know what the back up plan is to reduce my race day/exam day anxiety! Although I won’t be sharing those plans just yet…