Excuses, Excuses…

So, I am about to spend the next 500 or so words whining. I am not normally a whiney person and so far my marathon training posts have been yee-haw I-am-so-great-and-I-feel-so-strong kind of posts, so please forgive my I-had-a-bad-(running)-day-and-want-to-be-a-baby about it rant.

My speed work yesterday kind of sucked. The goal: 20 min warm-up, 1k, 2k, 1k, 1k (w/400m rest intervals), cool down for about a mile. I wouldn’t call it a complete speed work fail, but I definitely am not proud of the effort or the results.

I won’t sit here and give you all of the excuses for what went wrong:

First, I was traveling. Okay, so if you have read previous posts, you will know this is really not a very good excuse. Normally I do pretty well when I am on the road and enjoy the variety that running in a new place provides. Especially if it is somewhere I have been and run before. And it was.

Second, while I wasn’t up late (I was asleep by 10), I drank 2 very large glasses of wine Wednesday night at dinner. I enjoyed every sip of both glasses and all the yummy Italian food that I consumed with them so I do not regret this.

Third, I did not eat anything before running. This is the one common denominator between yesterday’s run and my last crappy speed workout. One would think I would have learned my lesson. All it takes is half of a banana, which was readily available at my hotel’s continental breakfast, but in a rush to get going, I was out the sliding hotel doors without putting any calories in my body.

Fourth, this whole HBBC and eating 7 fruits and veggies a day and all the fiber that comes along with it is having an interesting impact on my running. Let’s just say, good thing there was a nice, clean Mickey D’s along my route.

Fifth, I was writing this post in my head after the first 1k. Its not that I felt crappy or didn’t think I could hit the paces, but after I missed my goal for the first repeat by 2 seconds, I think I felt kind of defeated and just didn’t really care that much. This is super unusual for me and I don’t know where that stubborn, hit-my-paces-or-throw up-trying attitude was, but yesterday morning I just didn’t have it.

The last point is definitely the part I am most disappointed in. I just didn’t mentally have the toughness yesterday to push myself to hit my goals and as a result, the outcome of each repeat was worse as the workout progressed:

  • Warm up: 2.5 miles @ 8:35 min/mile (warm-up progressively got slower, weird)
  • 1k @ 4:18 (6:55 min/mile) – missed goal by 2 seconds
  • 2k @ 8:42 (7:01 min/mile) – missed goal by 4 seconds
  • 1k @ 4:22 (7:02 min/mile) – missed goal by 6 seconds
  • 1k @ 4:24 (7:04 min/mile) – missed goal by 8 seconds
  • Cool down: 0.55 miles (ran out of time since I had to stop twice at McDonald’s)
  • Total: ~7 miles (w/rest intervals)

See a pattern there? And while 2, 4, 6 or even 8 seconds might not seem like a big deal, the point is that I gave up. I didn’t have the mental toughness to push through the workout. And while I realize that I will always, always have bad runs and that doesn’t define my entire marathon training cycle, I am disappointed because pushing through these tough days is also what prepares me to run a marathon.

BUT, I have since enjoyed 2 more glasses of wine with my boss and colleague prior to boarding my flight last night (no, Mom, I do not have a problem…I just really like red wine) and after writing this post, I will hit publish, then forget all about yesterday’s run. I will move on and prepare myself to run 20 miles tomorrow morning and then I will be back to tell you all about how much I love marathon training again.


About Corey

I am a 30-something swim, bike, run addict married to my best friend and in love with my two schnoodle doggies.
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3 Responses to Excuses, Excuses…

  1. Nice work, it might feel like you didn’t have the mental toughness, but you never gave up and you finished the workout!!! I’ve had a hard time getting the points for HBBC that I know I can get 🙂 What training plan are you following and what marathon are you running?

    • Corey says:

      Hi Beth! I am training for Houston Marathon on January 15th. I use the Run Less, Run Faster plan so I don’t get a ton of mileage every week (33-36) but I have used the program before and I feel like it works for me. Have you used a version of it before?

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