Tuesday, April 12, 2016

It I only knew then what I know now...

The past few days have been kinda strange for me. After Ragnar, I was feeling pumped because my hamstrings were feeling good after running over 30 miles during our relay. I was concerned the time between runs, etc., would be aggravating to my poor hamstrings but it wasn't bad and I was feeling strong. I even wrote a blog post about it for the Tuesday on the Run link up last week. But then things kind of went to crap.

Before I continue, this post is part of the Tuesday on the Run blog link up with My No-Guilt LifeMCM Mama Runs and Marcia's Healthy Slice. When you're done reading here, go check them out!

My week just kind of got crazy with work and the kids and trying to fit my running in between everything. Nothing earth shattering happened, I just had a couple of really late night runs and then really early mornings the following day. I think my body is not really able to sustain that any more and I need to make some changes. By the time I got to my long run on Saturday, I was spent. It was awful and I don't even know how I managed to get through other than with pure grit. I'm not saying I'm giving up my early morning clients and group fitness classes because I love them, but I think I need to change when I'm running and when I'm going to bed. Sometimes, though, I can't get to my run until after the kids are in bed. But I think I need to make some concessions and compromises as to how much mileage I can do during the week and when I do it. I just may not be able to run as much during the week right now. This makes me nervous as I'm in the thickest part of my training before tapering for PCT 50 in May but if I don't get rest now, I won't make it to race day.



This leads me to this week's Tuesday on the Run topic, which is: if you had the chance to talk to your new runner self, what words of wisdom would you share? I think the new runner self I'd like to talk to would be the runner I was when I first started running marathons and ultramarathons. I would tell myself to be patient as much as possible. I think it's really hard to remember that progress takes time. Whether you're just starting out, trying something new or coming off an injury, it's going to take time to see progress or changes. We runners are impatient and we need to trust the process and know that meaningful changes take time. And right now, I need to make changes to what I'm doing or I'm going to self-combust. And seeing which changes will help me to reach my goals will take time.



What would you tell your new runner self? What wisdom have you learned along the way that you wish you knew when you got started?

20 comments:

  1. First, I'm sorry you're not feeling up to par, but it's understandable, given all of the running, coaching,family and working hours you're enduring. I know you'll figure out the right balance pretty soon. (As for me, I'm not doing *enough* running, so I'm kind of upside down right now.) Anyway, if I had to tell my new runner self something, it would be "don't blow off strength exercises!" Running on a consistent basis is good, but without strength work, there's a limit on your endurance and speed, and a higher risk of injury." Actually, my Coach has told me that, too. :) And it just feels better to be stronger.

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    1. I'm just juggling so much more now than ever before and I have to cut back on something. And I think right now it's going to be some of the mid-week mileage. It's not ideal but it's really affecting my sleep. No sleep is going to affect my training anyway, so I might as well make some changes now!

      It's great that you feel the benefits from strength training! It really makes such a big difference!

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  2. Being patient is so hard to be. Us runners want results right away. And everything takes time. Just taking one day at a time is all we can do.-L

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    1. Exactly!! It isn't always easy but it's worth it in the end.

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  3. Such a great piece of advice...be patient! I think when I first started out I was frustrated that I wasn't fast enough and would get discouraged. This running thing takes time!

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  4. For me, it would be about mindset vs. my style of training for running. Mindset was always the thing that killed my success when I first began running!

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    1. It definitely takes time to mesh the two together, that's for sure.

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  5. OH B! I am feeling your emotions off the computer screen. I agree though. You need rest and you need to be good to yourself. At least on Saturday, you will get to do the first 5-10 miles SLOW and steady. I love you and am giving you big hugs!

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  6. Patience: I don't have much. Good reminder. Hang in there. <3 this post!

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    1. Thanks so much! Yeah, we all know we need to be patient but we never want to give it enough time. I just need to heed my own advice and take some time to figure out how I can make all of this work!

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  7. I would say... have fun, be patient, keep at it, some runs suck while others are fantastic!

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    1. Yup! It's the bad ones that help us appreciate the good ones!

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  8. So true -- I'm in a similar position after running pretty consistently for several years. I've come to realize that running is like a 3rd relationship (as in family and career are #1 and #2). It's nearly impossible to thrive in all three areas, so one is always excelling at the cost of another. Patience is the perfect way to handle not running at your best, understanding that it's likely your career, family or spouse that's getting the extra energy/effort. And that's ok. It's life and it's a fricking tough balance ;) Thank you for this post!

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    1. You're exactly right - running is a third relationship that needs time and energy. But right now my other relationships are getting in the way. I just need to regroup and focus my energy where it's needed.

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  9. Sorry you are feeling a bit off. I hope you are able to get some rest.

    Patience.....yes so needed but so hard-right?

    -Tamieka@fitballingrunningmom

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    1. Definitely hard to be patient. Hurry up and wait, right? Lol!

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  10. Ha. Are runners just impatient, or just running blog readers? I'm noticing a trend here! Ha. A friend suggested I look at resting and taking days off as part of my training (just as important as long runs). It's helped a lot.

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    1. Rest is absolutely essential. I'm definitely honoring my rest days but I think fitting in all the high mileage needed to train for ultras is just getting difficult to fit in. I need to make some changes to my plan.

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