This last month or so has been kind of a mess for us in the training department. We have not stuck to the couch to 10k plan very well and had to make several modifications for physical reasons and…..well, LIFE. I think that is the key to training though – to be able to listen to your bodies needs, find a way to make it fit with your life, not beat yourself up when you miss a workout or can’t go as hard as you wanted to one day and be dedicated to getting back on track as soon as you can.
For week three we only did the first workout of the week and missed the other two. My work-week is compressed right now and I am only working 4 days a week at 10 hours a day and that makes sticking to a consistent training program hard. Getting up before 5 am to do the run in the morning is pretty much not an option for me. When I get off work in the evening I am exhausted and have other life things to tend to, although this is probably the best time to exercise since I have essentially been sitting in front of a computer all day. It’s also hard to stick to a Monday, Wednesday Friday training program when Friday is a day off for you.
We don’t feel TOO bad though because Friday of week three we hiked 4 hours out to glass beach and then had a very a challenging 6 hour hike up Mount Si Saturday with the Adventureweiner Club. Maybe it wasn’t running but we certainly got our cardio in.
Week 4 was supposed to be an easier recovery week. Good thing too because my legs were really sore until Monday from the hiking over the weekend.
The agenda for Tuesday was an easier run so we headed out without much pressure. It was hot (finally) so we had to wait until almost 8 pm to go running. I feel bad for leaving Chester home when we go and since he did such an awesome job on the hike Saturday I took him with us. He is almost always a weiner dog length behind Gretel when we are running but he is certainly no slacker. I mentioned in the last update that I would try to get pictures next time. S didn’t come with me but I managed to capture a few crappy pictures on my phone.
Determined to get back on schedule the “rest week” became a “rest day” and we jumped to week 5. We completed the harder two of the three runs for week 5. We had to really try hard to fit those last two in though because we had an Adventureweiner dog-park meetup Wednesday evening after work, Friday was the Washington State Pet Expo and my fitness test at PotentRX and Saturday was Petapalooza.
The following week was really a mess. I started off with the best of intentions but I just wasn’t feeling it. Apparently Gretel wasn’t either because she was dragging behind. I didn’t feel like pulling her around the lake so just a couple hundred feet from home we headed back so I could drop her off. I forced myself to complete the run but the first part was excruciating…and the rest was just terribly uncomfortable. It may have been a sign because a couple of days later I had some heath issues.
Then things went from bad went to worse. Mentally I was motivated to stick with the program but by body had other ideas. I ended up with some health complications that kept me out of my running shoes for a couple of weeks. Finally the worst passed and then it was time for a vacation. I didn’t do any running but did a lot of walking and light hiking. I guess that was a way to ease back into the running I plan to do this week.
My problem is that we are woefully behind and I forgot where we are supposed t o be in the program. We have a month before we are supposed to run the 10k. It’s getting pretty iffy at this point as far as fitting in sufficient training goes. OK…REALLY Iffy. I plan to complete three walk/runs this week – alternating running two minutes with walking two minutes – to see how we do. If all goes well we may be able to jump back into the training program right where we are supposed to be. If not, I may have to re-evaluate our goal.