I had been feeling on an upward trend with my running with my hip issues subsiding along with the leg-cinderblocks. I had hoped this was the direction my marathon training was going.
Not so much. I was trashed by the hill sprint workout yesterday.
The basic workout was this:
* 15-25 minute warm up
* Form drills
* 6-8 times 60-90 seconds at 1 mile-5k speed on an incline of 6-10%, jog in between for about 2 minutes
* 15-25 minute cool down
I did the warm up feeling sluggish and slower than usual. Then I completely forgot to do the form drills. The first interval I did at 6% and barely made it over 60 seconds at around my 10k speed. I had to walk between then jogged a little. Decided to downgrade my plan to do 90 seconds to 60 AND downgraded the incline to 5% for the next six drills. At least managed to do 5k speed, but still had to walk then jog between. My final sprint was for 60 seconds between 5k & 1 mile speed (sadly closer to 5k) at a 6% incline. Then my cool down lasted only 10 minutes.
I was toast.
Yesterday was a strength training session, and I did notice then that my quads felt tired when doing weighted split-squats. Maybe I can blame part of my bad run on fatigue from my long run and other workouts. My hip is ok, but it was feeling some strain from the exercise. What upsets me the most is that I’ve done this workout twice before and both times I did far better at it. It is probably the hardest of my running workouts, and the second time I did it, it was a real struggle. The first time, maybe it was beginners luck? But I rocked it.
Sometimes I wonder if I’m throwing limitations on myself now that I have a better sense of what I can do. When I started running last year, I didn’t know what my body could achieve. I simply ran and was usually pleasantly surprised by the outcome. Now I feel a lot more self-doubt and pressure despite consciously trying not to do that to myself. Yet I feel like I’m making excuses every time my runs don’t go the way I want them to.
My husband said to kill the hill workout the next time I have to do it. I think I’ll have another in about a month. But really, I just want to skip it.
It occurred to me yesterday that maybe my heart isn’t into running an October marathon. But I also suspect it is fear telling me that. Screw fear!
Time to get back on the horse…