I had such a deep disappointment sitting in my gut when I went to bed last night. Eugene Marathon is only three weeks off and I
Once again, I left the Garmin at home. I needed a run free of expectations, beeps and something telling me I wasn't doing it good enough. Sure, I like to know my pace at the end of the run, but it can also have a negative effect on my morale. After racing a 10K yesterday morning, my legs felt sluggish. I knew whatever pace I ran would not be satisfactory to my overzealous self. This is about me-vs-me... and all my little flaws. So instead of a disappointing run, I came home with a big exhausted smile and a 7.1 mile total (I map it afterward). I don't need a watch to tell me it was a good run.
As I logged my run into Daily Mile, I realized it was a pretty good week after all....
6 Runs for 35 miles
5 Spinning classes (45 min each)
2 Core Strength sessions (30 min each)
1 Strength Training class (45 min)
Really, it's no wonder my body was telling me to rest. I've been trying to stay in tune with my body during this training cycle - especially since I've added more cross-training due to instructing at the gym. Plus I'm still nursing this darn peroneal tendon. It has not fared well for my mental psyche.
I find this quote from the great marathoner herself repeating in my head...
"Keep varying the program.
Your body will tell you what to do."
~ Joan Benoit Samuelson
How is your training going?
Do you adjust your training based on how you're feeling?
Do you think it affects your race day performance?