Todays workout- 20 miles averaging 7:07 pace
Reading my workout for today, you are probably thinking; Well that’s a strange one for a Wednesday. You’d be right. The log said today was a 16 by 400 workout but when the call came that my kiddos school would be cancelled Coach Mark Hadley and I had to make the best of the situation. As a military wife and mother I do not always have the ability to just run out the door and my treadmill only goes so fast. Currently I am on a 7 day training cycle, by my own choosing, which leaves almost no wiggle room for switching workout days. Running two hard days in a row is not an option for fear of risking injury; sooooo I ran 20 miles on a treadmill this morning. Whatever works.
How did we turn this not-so-ideal option into an advantage? We simulated the Vermont City Marathon course (my goal race) by adding hills at the appropriate places. It made the workout that much more purposeful as opposed to my usual outdoor 20 milers that are entirely flat (hard to find hills here!) and eased any treadmill boredom by keeping me on my toes…literally.
Turning Snow problems upside down. Simulating the @RunVermont course on the treadmill for 20 miles tomorrow. Running geek excitement!!!!
— Kris (@Kris_Law) January 22, 2014
Here is my weekly recap two days late. I front loaded the mileage because my sister and I had a weekend away planned. I knew I wouldn’t want to head out the door twice during that time. Normally the double days are spread out a bit more. I still have a good 17 weeks until my goal race so it’s nice that we have plenty of time.
- Monday- AM- 9 miles AT tempo @ 6:17 pace PM- 4 easy
- Tuesday- AM- 9 at 7:15 pace PM- 4 at 7:45 pace.
- Wednesday- 10 total with 5 by 1 mile at 5:48 pace PM- 4 miles
- Thursday- 13 miles in two runs, first run on the trails.
- Friday- 15 miles at 6:55 pace.
- Saturday- 7 on a treadmill.
- Sunday- 9 at 7:30 pace.
- Total Miles- 88
Now I’m going to be a Mother Hen (as RoseRunner kindly called me 🙂 ) and give a tiny public service announcement. I have tried to bite my tongue about these types of things in the past but as a huge running blog reader, I cannot even begin to tell you (especially lately) how often I’ve read things that have made me want to reach through the screen and
shake hug the female writer. For my guy readers, you may want to skip this part. There are many female runners who seem to think it is normal for goal-driven runners to hyper restrict their diets and/or skip periods. FALSE and FALSE.
I appreciate that I have many 20-something and college aged runners as followers on my blog and, for responsibility sake, I want to be clear. You should never have missed periods and I would always rather you eat more than you think you need than less. If you have skipped periods it is a sign that your body thinks it is starving. You need to back off training, eat more, or most-likely both. Do NOT continue to train for an endurance race at high mileage. If you have a coach who sweeps this issue under the rug and does not protest when you want to sign up for another race before the medical issue is resolved, then…well you can just imagine what I have to say about that. It’s not kind. Your body is begging for rest.
You all know that I sometimes link to my friend Hollies blog. She actually has an education in this area, in contrast to my unprofessional, emotionally-driven feelings, so if you want to read more, check out her blog here Her “Lake Series Effect” writings are especially eye opening. Big Kudos to Hollie for writing about these issues that many of us (including myself) have always tip-toed around for fear of hurt feelings. I’m going to leave it on that note but would like to add; Ladies- I adore you and want you to value success through strength. Guys- I appreciate you too and if you’ve read this far, thanks for sticking out a sticky subject. Take care everyone, happy training, and hope you’re staying warm in this crazy weather!