Last week I talked about my decision to commit to running and training for the St. Jude Half Marathon. I figured since I'm going all-in this time around, it would be fun to document my training. Plus, if it helps someone, then that would be even cooler! Every Tuesday (but Wednesday this week), I plan to take a look at the previous week's training hits and misses.
My plan called for 3 miles plus strength so after I got home late from my parents for Rosh Hashanah dinner, I headed out for 3 miles. I was completely exhausted but I pounded the pavement for 3 miles at a 9:38 pace. It felt easy, but invigorating and then I did some planks for core strength.
I had 6 hill repeats on tap for today, so after a mile warm up, I settled into my repeats. I felt super strong and was even complimented on my form later by my friend, Lori! I ended with a mile cool down for a total of 5 miles at a cumulative 9:30 pace.
I did 3 easy miles to rest my legs after the previous hill work at a 9:52 pace. For some reason, this run felt difficult for me, but I powered through, and then came home to for more core work.
Because I work 12 hours on Thursdays, I have deemed this my rest day. In run streak terms, this means it's my 1 mile day. So I only ran one mile on the treadmill at a 10:00 minute pace. I also stretched for a few minutes.
Another 3 mile day run at 9:39 pace. I was supposed to do some strength work, but opted to stretch since my legs were a little tired.
This was the only day I really blew it this week. I really needed to wake up early to get my tempo run done before work, but it just didn't happen. Since I was racing the next day, I decided to just stick with a mile at 9:18 pace. Bummed I didn't get my tempo in, but that's training.
I ran my big 10k PR on this day! 58:23 for a 9:25 pace. This course has some challenging hills at the end so I couldn't be happier with these results. I can honestly say I gave it my all.
Asking For Help
After taking a look back at last week's training, and how happy I am with running right now, I am struck by how different I felt only a few weeks ago. I struggled so much the past few months, but I struggled alone. And it's not like my running friends didn't make attempts to help, because they did. I just chose to do it alone.
Today, after a great speed session with my best running friends, then a pedi and lunch with another running friend, I realized I screwed up. I should have asked for help. You see, I was scared I would drag my friends down with me, and I didn't want to do that, especially since their running has been so amazing. I have no doubt that they would have pulled me through, and maybe my sorry running would have ended sooner. Or maybe the funk will make me a better runner.
Regardless, I learned today that I need to ask for help when I need it. And I encourage all of you to do the same. I know for me, when a friend reached out, needing help, I felt so lucky that someone felt like they could lean on me. I don't have all the answers, but knowing that I can at least be there, makes me feel happy. So ask for help....you might just make someone else's day!