On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Friday, April 16, 2010

Week in Review: What Went Wrong? Happened?

So...  back in the swing of things, although not as motivated as I should have been.  Here's a recap:
  • Saturday: short run, ca. 2m, and then a walk.
  • Sunday: 4m race, then another 2.8m in the afternoon because it was so nice out.
  • Monday: rest
  • Tuesday: short run, 3.1m
  • Wednesday:  4.6m with the Lululemon group.  They called it "hill repeats" - it didn't really merit the term "hill" for me, but it was a solid effort.
  • Thursday:  Got my running clothes on, complete with Garmin and HRM.  And then bailed on the run.  No idea why; just a long day of meetings, dentist appt., office hours, etc., and it was dark before I knew it.
  • Friday: 6.4m - mostly downhill course (if I'm being honest).
Total: ca. 22.9.

Not bad.  I would say that not much went wrong, truthfully.  What was obviously missing from this week was the sort of pushing myself I'd like to be doing now: there was no long run, no speedwork, no true hill workout, no cross training.  I'll make that my goal for next week, to incorporate something harder.

I think that I often allow hiccups in my training to derail me more than they should.  Prior to my 8-day hiatus, I was more-or-less on track.  After it, I feel like I'm starting over fresh - even though it was less than a month ago that I ran a half and felt okay with it.

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