This week began as an ‘off week.’ Not a taking off from running week, but a feeling off kind of week. My whole family seemed to feel under the weather. My son and I felt terrible on Memorial Day. I managed to get in my 10 mile run, but afterwards, my son and I chilled at home, and then went to see a movie in the afternoon. Going to the movies ended up being a weird experience, because in the middle of a ninja scene where the screen was mostly black with a little red, everything went black. The entire theater had a blackout. It didn’t last long, but for a few minutes, we didn’t really know what was going on. Was something happening in one of the other theaters that we didn’t know about? Should we even stay in the theater? Nothing exciting ended up happening, and the power turned back on. The end.
I haven’t been able too focus on my blog as much as I would like to this week. Or last week. Balancing everything has been a challenge. So, I decided to write this unorganized article to give everyone an idea of how training has been going, what races I am looking at for the summer, and other happenings related to my life as a runner.
This is week 10 of high mileage training. A few weeks ago, I felt stiff and achy with the added two a days, but I don’t anymore. I feel normal. My easy pace is starting to feel really easy, and I feel stronger overall. Additionally, my ankle, which was starting to worry me, feels close to 100%.
My most recent race times have not been where I want them to be. External factors are partly to blame, but I have also never been this consistent with high mileage training, so I think that my body has been adjusting. Up until last year, I would increase mileage and intensity to train for certain races, get my PR, then more times than not, I would end up with an injury and have to take off for 3-4 weeks. So, even though my times have not been dropping, I feel like I am building a stronger base.
Every week, my training includes 3-4 two a days, 1-2 days with hills, and 1-2 track workouts. During race weeks, the mileage and hill work is cut back slightly.
My race plans have changed a little bit. Originally, I planned on doing the Katy Trail 5k, but I can’t make that work with the family schedule. So, here are the races I am looking into for June and July…
- Bloomin 4 mile (I may run this one for fun)
- Susan G. Komen Plano 5k
- Wounded Warrior 5k, 10k, Half Marathon
- Must Dash 5k
- Plano’s Millet Mile
- Jalepeno Half Marathon
- DRC Independence 5k, 10k
- Too Hot to Handle 15k
- FC Footy 5k
When I finalize my plans, I will make it official with a Summer Race Plans post…
A couple of weeks ago, I published An Easy Solution to a Painful Problem. I wanted to follow up and let everyone know whether or not I had any success with the breathing patterns. Here are some things that I noticed…
- I couldn’t stay focused on the breathing patterns for an entire run.
- If I felt like my stride was off, focusing on the breathe in 1-2-3 out 4-5 helped even out my stride and turnover.
- The breathing patterns helped me keep an upbeat tempo. Using the breathing patterns when I felt tired was beneficial.
- The nerve pain that I was feeling decreased significantly. Running has not triggered it at all. Sitting in my car is my number one nerve pain trigger now.
- I have not been able to use the faster breathing pattern effectively. I tried to during a harder workout, but it caused me to feel tense. The faster breathing pattern may take more practice, or it may work for some and not for others.
- For most of an easy run, the breathe in 1-2-3 out 4-5 was too fast. I only used that pattern at the end of an easy run.
I have still been running in my Nike Free RN Flyknit 2017s most of the time, but I need a new pair…
Summer running gets a little tricky for me in Texas. To prevent asthma setbacks, on Ozone Alert Days or High Particle Pollution Days, I run inside on the treadmill. AirNow is a great website that shows the Air Quality Forecast as well as the Current Conditions in the U. S. Orange particle pollution and Orange Ozone near 150 trigger my asthma.
Now for some nonrunning updates… I have not forgotten about My Story Part 4. I started writing it, and then I hit a wall. BAM! My brain went into ‘think about a rough part of my life’ overload, so I stepped away. Not forever. Just for now. If you have no clue what I am referring to, reading My Story Part 1, My Story Part 2, and My Story Part 3 will bring you up to date.
That’s all I have for now. Thank you for reading! Like! Share! Follow! Comment! : )