Here we are at the end of September, ready once again to head to the Runfessional.
I have apparently run out of motivation before I’ve run out of training plan. This week was supposed to be a peak mileage week, but between the exhaustion from Ragnar, the remnants of my cold. and TWO Back to School nights, I’ve had a hard time even getting out the door. Heck, one day I didn’t even get out the door – I ran on the treadmill because it took less thought and effort.
But I did get out for a 10 mile run on Thursday! Which was totally awesome, until it wasn’t. I had a slow warm up mile (mostly due to traffic lights) and then ran by feel for 5 miles. I hit within a few seconds of 10:30 pace each mile without checking my Garmin. What?!? But then my quad locked up. This is where I runfess that I was more concerned about not hitting 200 miles this month than I was about doing actual damage to my quad.
I’m still suffering from a serious Ragnover this week. It’s so bad that I’m stalking plane tickets for a couple of races. This would be the one bad thing about being a Ragnar Ambassador – I can pretty much find a team to be on for any and all Ragnar Relays.
As soon as I finish my last long run on Sunday, I’m done with Hansons training. I love their program and feel like it’s really made me a stronger runner. But this old body needs a real taper. So, I’m going back to my old friend Higdon because I know he can deliver me to the start line healthy and ready to go.
I have already bought a 2017 MCM half zip and a hat. Why? Because by buying them at my local running store, I don’t have to go to the expo. The running store will pick up my bib and shirt. Yes, it was worth every penny, even if I will be giving the hat away (it’s too big.) Apparently as long as MCM has their expo at National Harbor and I continue running, I’ll be getting $75 worth of MCM gear each year. #moneywellspent #mytimeisworthmore
I have 8 more miles to hit 200 miles for the month. If my quad seizes up again tomorrow, I WILL be walking 8 miles on Saturday and 16 on Sunday. Let’s all say a prayer to the running gods that my leg cooperates.
I’m joining Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup! I’m also runfessing over at Marcia’s Healthy Slice.
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I think at this point burnout is inevitable. You’ll race and rest and then you’ll feel all excited about running again. Right?
Sending all good, non-seizing vibes to that ornery quad! I so get you on the expo. It was the worst feeding frenzy I’ve ever seen at the expo in Berlin. I basically got my bib and threw myself over a jacket and left. Later I found an Adidas store right down the street from our hotel that had ALL the merch. It was heaven!
Thanks for sharing your journey!
I love reading your MCM and other blogs.
See you soon!
That’s seriously cool about the running store & MCM. Although I do like me an expo . . .
I hope your quad continues to cooperate. And that that cold goes away! You don’t have time for that!
That’s awesome that the running store will pick up your bib and shirt for buying 2017 MCM merchandise. I would totally do that to avoid a huge Expo!
you have had a really great training block I hope you quad feels better and you rest up before MCM. I really don’t know why they have the expo all the way out there it’s the worst place to get to!
Good luck hitting 200! You will do it because you are determined to, even if you have to walk some! I tried Hansons and I quit it. It was just too much mileage for me. But I gave it a go try, I think I did it for about 8 weeks.
Sorry to hear about your quad. Definitely listen to your body and don’t overdo it, especially with MCM right around the corner.
Looks like nice weather for your run tomorrow. I hope your quad cooperates!
Ouch on the quad seizing! I hope that was an odd one-off thing and it gives you no further trouble!
I’ve found myself obsessing over monthly mileage more and more each month! I guess Hanson’s running will do that to you?? I really enjoyed their program too so far, but I still have a month left and I’m ready to be done with training now :-/
I can’t even…200 miles? Wow, you are such a badazz! I ran 169 miles last October in my peak month training for Route 66 and I though that was badazz LOL (and I have not run those kind of miles since…I’m not good with that kind of mileage). BEst of luck tomorrow with those remaining 8 miles 😉