In the spirit of randomly talking about running for this week’s link up for Tuesdays on the run with MCM Mama, My No Guilt Life and Run the Great Wide Somewhere let’s chat about my week of highs and lows of Goofy Challenge training.
Wow…less than 4 weeks left to go until the Goofy Challenge! I had some ups and downs this past week. The weather was fairly nice and I was able to get in several runs in capris. This felt a little unusual for December and if the weather keeps up we’ll have a green Christmas. This is Calgary however and the weather the not a constant!
My headspace was in a rough spot last week. It had absolutely nothing to do with running and training, I just let some life stress get the better of me. I did have a pretty amazing 4 x 10:00 zone build run where I was supposed to get faster every 2:00 of the 10:00 build on Thursday. That was a nice confidence booster in the midst of a grey period.
The nice weather seemed almost too good to last and I woke up on a mixture of rain and snow on Saturday morning. I had a 3 hour run planned and luckily I had some company from my friend Tara for 2 hours of it.
The pathway conditions were pretty yucky. There was a light covering of slushy, icy snow and it was really slick out. Heading towards downtown the weather felt okay but when we turned around and headed westward we were hit with wind and were pelted with snow in the face. It was generally yucky. I was so grateful to have Tara’s company because without her I probably would have called it a day earlier. 2 hours into the run my legs were getting tired, the pathway conditions were getting worse and it just didn’t really feel like my day. As I said, thank goodness for Tara’s company and I did manage to get in my 3 hour run.
I’m smiling…but not on the inside! When I stopped my watch at 15.8 miles and 3 hours on the clock there was no thought that I could just add on a little bit to round this run up to 16 miles. 3 hours was my breaking point!
Sunday was a completely different story. The pathways were clear and dry and the sun was out. I had one of those runs were things just seemed to go right. After I warmed up through the first mile my pace kept getting faster and faster until I was ahead of my goal marathon race pace.
I was floored that I could run that fast the day after a three hour run and I was running solo. I just kept repeating in my head that I believe I can reach my goal at Disney next month. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows because the wind on my way home was tiring, but I was not going to give up. Two hours at faster than my goal marathon pace on tired legs. Not bad!
The tough work to get ready for Goofy isn’t over yet though. I have a 20 miler planned for this weekend and next! Coach Angie is pushing me but I have no doubt that all of this hard work is going to translate into a great race weekend.
How do you deal with things when life gets you down? What helps to pull you out of a funk? How is your training for Goofy going?