Can you believe that 6 weeks ago my ankle looked like this?
Although my ankle no longer looks like that and I can run again, my attempts at running have been absolutely horrible. My endurance, speed and power definitely have suffered from that split second it took to roll my ankle and sprain it. Just before the injury I had worked up to running 10k at a 5:20/km pace 3 times/week, and now I’m struggling to run 3k at a 6:00/km pace. My running confidence is shattered and every run I do is a HUGE mental battle.
- Why do I run?
- Will I be able to regain my endurance, strength and speed?
- Will I recover enough to run a full marathon this fall (and stay injury-free)?
- Should I still go for the Boston attempt this fall, or should I post-pone that to the Spring?
Running is such a head game – there are days when your body is fine and it can run well, but your mind just isn’t in it. That was this past week. While I feel disappointed in myself and how hard it felt mentally to push myself, my running log tells a different story about my training. It shows that I got in 5 runs, which is the most pain-free runs I’ve done since getting injured!
Monday – Ran my usual double loop around Chinguacousy Park: 5.53 km at a 6:02/km pace. I stopped in between the two loops to do a mini-bootcamp workout to break up the monotony of running: pushups, plank, hamstring bridges, side planks and single-leg deadlifts.
Tuesday – Rest day. I went on a mini-vacation without hubby and without kids to two Skyline Resorts: Horseshoe Resort and Deerhurst Resort. I golfed 15 awesome holes up at the beautiful Horseshoe Resort and had a blast! I even made par on the 4th hole!
After golfing I went on an ATV ride on some beautiful trails at Horseshoe. While we were driving around I decided to play it cool with the alcohol at dinner, and try to get up early to run the trails. I figured this would be a good opportunity to test out the ankle’s progress before the North Face Endurance Challenge half-marathon trail race next month.
Wednesday – Got up and went on a short trail run in the Copeland Forest at Horseshoe Resort. The trails are beautiful and I didn’t want my run to ever end, but I had a breakfast to get to. Man I love trail running! I had a hard time pushing the pace because my stomach was angry at me for drinking red wine and having steak at dinner the night before. I used to drink red wine quite frequently, but got away from it, and now when I drink it (even 1 glass!) I feel ill the next morning. Ran 3.66 km at a 6:15/km pace.
Following the run and breakfast I drove to Deerhurst Resort to golf. Unfortunately it was raining too hard to golf, so instead I got pampered with a facial at their Shizen Spa:
Thursday – Got up early at Deerhurst and ran along the cart path of their Lakeside course. Normally running the cart path of a golf course is dangerous (FORE!), but on this morning it was rainy so there weren’t any golfers out. Ran 3 km in 6:04/km.
After breakfast I did some indoor rock climbing at their climbing wall. I quickly learned that rock climbing is incredibly hard, but so fun!
Friday – Back to work and family life so I took a rest day from training.
Saturday – Managed to sneak away from the family for my first “long” run in nearly 2 months. Ran 8.55 km at a slow and easy pace of 6:08/km. It was pretty warm out and I hate the heat. I guess I’ll have to start waking
Sunday – Rest day. (Remind me to get my bike tuned up so that I can do some early morning bike rides on Sundays).
While I’m disappointed in my running and how mentally tough each run was last week, I’m really happy that I can run again! I’ve been asked to be a Digital Champion for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (#STWM) and am really excited about this opportunity, but that also means I have to run a marathon, yikes!
You may remember that I ran the half marathon distance of this race 3 years ago when I first returned to running. But it’s been well over 10 yrs since my last full marathon and I was in a much different place in my life back when I trained for it. No kids, flexible work schedule and still a young chicken. At almost 40 years old now (eeek!), I’m really concerned about how my body will handle all that training. I’m super excited to announce that I’m going to train for the #STWM and give it a go!!!
Have a great week everyone!
What races are you planning on doing this fall?
How did your training go last week?