Workout Recap: First Race Back

Training last week wasn’t as good as the week before.  My ankle didn’t hurt, but running didn’t feel effortless either. To be honest, I miss running, and I’m going through a lot of fear if I’ll ever get to be completely injury (and worry) free again.

run for the hill of it

I feel as if I have multiple minor aches and pains. There is nothing serious, but every little ache worries me.  This fear happens for most injuries, though.  Every ache or pain worries me I’ve refractured my foot.

Monday: 20 minute run Core
Tuesday: 40 minute run
Wednesday: 65 minute run Core
Thursday: 3000 meter swim Core
Friday: 40 minute run
Saturday: Run for the Hill of it 5 miler
Sunday: 40 minute run Core
Total: 40ish miles

Thoughts:

My runs in the beginning of the week were all boring but fine.  I go through the motion of getting the miles in.  To be honest, this is the hardest part of getting back into shape. I’m out of the “honeymoon, oh my gosh I can run again stage” but I feel like junk running.  It’s hard not to get discouraged right now.

I wasn’t planning to break into the racing scene last week but you have to ride the pain train sometime… Last year, I ran the “Run for the Hill of It” and I enjoyed it.  I knew the race would be low key and stressless.  Honestly, I didn’t want my first race back to be a local 5k because I would internally feel pressure.  If I chose a flat, fast 5k, I know I would compare myself to the times I was running three months ago.

Is it silly? Of course but I know myself well that choosing the flattest, fastest 5k course to race would create unnecessary personal stress.

So I found a nice softer ground trail race.  I’ll have a full recap tomorrow, but I was happy with the result.  I ran injury free and achieved my dream goal of running under 7 minute pace. I actually finished in 34:09 which is 30 seconds faster than last year.  It was great motivation that my fitness hasn’t completely left, although it was painful and hot race.

Question for you: How was your week of workouts?