From last week’s training, I decided I don’t care if I’m not at a 6 min/k for the run. I’m still trying for it, but have just accepted that if I’m not there, it’s not the end of the world.
Because Doctor Who has taught me that time is wibbly wobbly, let’s start with the last “bad” thing. This tweet from the brilliant Jingle Bell Run/Walk Seattle team. OK, well from Jen Masar.
I know you’re wondering why such a gorgeous post was bad. I really wasn’t feeling amazing.
So back in the TARDIS and dial back a week.
It was a running week that I plan to forget exists. Really, I’m doing last week’s training schedule this week. It was that bad.
The last time we chatted I had just finished my first speed session. All was well.
The next day my left shin started to hurt. Really, freaking, hurt. A benefit of Nats being in Melbourne and me being in Seattle is that I can hide small injuries. This scared me. My left ankle was sore at the start, but I think that was just from wearing heels. Working from home means I don’t wear “grown-up shoes” much anymore.
But, yes, the shin. I messaged Nats and she asked me a trillion questions. We worked out it was localized, throbbing, and only when I was resting. I was also booked to work five conference days. These are high-energy, on-my-feet days.
Nats gave me an alternate training plan. Cycling or swimming until I could hop on that leg. *sigh* Not my favorite things, but I’ll do it to avoid a worse injury later.
Saturday was day one conference. My shin was fine, but I was exhausted. I fully intended to go running each evening, but getting home around 8pm, and needing to up at 5am meant it really didn’t happen. Not even the TARDIS could have helped. Well, maybe if it took me back far enough for sleep as well.
I also hadn’t posted anything here.
Then Jen tweeted the gorgeous Tweet.
I know bad weeks happen, and I did what I could to manage the injuries and not hinder my day job. I’m thankful I have Nats to remind me that it’s OK.
Tonight’s speed run was OK. I started faltering towards the end but the “off” pace was within what Nats had set. She told me tonight that I can still hit my target race pace, but I think it’s a mental adjustment for me to accept it if I don’t make it. We’ll see, there are still lots of days to run before the race.