Running | Training Recap Week 3

Saturday's Long Run. LOVING this trail. 

Saturday's Long Run. LOVING this trail. 

Another week gone by, and I can't believe it's been three weeks! Bananas. 

So let's just jump right in and talk about how training went this week...

I guess let's start with the miles themselves. Again, I had trouble with consistency this week, and still struggled with getting my feet underneath me, so to speak, with travel becoming a part of my life again. 

The miles themselves were pretty effortless, with the highlight of the week being a 7 mile long run at my new favorite place, the Silver Comet Trail. The run felt easy the whole time, I opened up a bit at mile four just to see how running fast felt, and ran the last mile at 8:23. I was pretty stoked after that, which turned to panic when I saw that my tune-up race is already happening on March 4th. Crap. I don't feel ready just yet, and I'm debating on whether or not I should scratch or adjust expectations a bit. It's making me play headgames with myself, and I need to get that under control before it starts freaking me out completely. I want to waltz in and get an AG placement which isn't out of the realm of possibility, but if I don't get that placement, I don't want it to completely derail everything because I'm so hard on myself. Right now I'm trying to talk myself into running a strong race with a top-10 AG (age group) finish. 

Part of the reason for my anxiety is the pain I'm dealing with. I have been having terrible lower back pain and stiffness, and I'm mad about it. There's also a twinge going on in my right knee post-run that is also highly annoying. I'm fairly certain it's muscular, and a cue to start getting serious about my core strength. I'm also getting stronger in hilly terrain, so this could very well be my body adjusting. I just hate how achy and nagging it has been. I do have a ton of bone spurs up and down my spine that were so bad they couldn't get an epidural started when I had Gavin 8 years ago, but this pain seems entirely muscular and I do get relief from soaking in the tub and a glass of red wine. This week I am incorporating a ton of stretching and core work to see if I can fix this on my own. I'm also going to keep the daily miles rather easy. Better to ease up now, because the goal race is a few months away. 

Getting older is stupid. 

On a high note, I have had another massive weight drop over the last week, and I have to give all the credit to tracking every morsel of food that goes in my mouth. I did up my calorie intake from 1450-ish to 1669, because I just didn't feel like I was getting enough to eat, and going a smidge over everyday was giving me a ton of anxiety. Told you that app was going to mess with my head. If I can create anxiety about something? I will create anxiety about something. 

My BMR (calories you burn just existing) is 1500 calories. I figure 1669 calories is a good place to be right now. I don't think I'm going to actively try to lose anymore weight since the weight I gained last year is gone, but I am a high volume eater, so just being mindful of my nutrition isn't a bad idea. It's also good for the body pain-wise, to keep your weight low when you're training. I'm going to give it another month on the app, see where I end up, and then probably delete it and live my life. It's already kind of making me an obsessed psycho who uses a measuring cup to make mixed drinks. 

Switching to a high protein breakfast has also helped curb my appetite in the late mornings. I've been doing mostly eggs and salmon with cheese. I completely forgot to eat breakfast this morning, which is why I'm about to eat my keyboard, so FAIL. 

So the plan is still the plan going into week 4. It's another travel week, and the weather is supposed to be really nice in Chicago, so I'm hoping to get at least one run in at Community Park my love/nemesis on Sunday. Off days will be today and Saturday, and I will be incorporating core work into my nightly yoga flow with some muscle release stretches for my lower back. 

Oh and I'll try not to completely come unhinged about racing in two weeks. 

Jennifer Gulbrandsen