Throughout training, I feel like I flip-flop weeks of awesome with weeks of terrible. Does anyone else suffer with this same issue?
Last week I definitely had issues with my speed work on Tuesday and then problems on my long run during the weekend. Everything just felt so out of sync. My muscles were like ‘umm what is this motion?’ Seriously, it was bad and the times were so embarrassing I don’t even want to share. Chris had to come pick me up because there was no way I was going to make it back to my house. I was limping, the bottom of my foot felt like it was on fire, my stomach was howling with hunger and my bladder felt like it was going to fall out anytime I increased my speed. It was a rough nine miles.
I did force myself to complete them though my head was so out of it. If its any consolation.
The week before, eight miles was a breeze. I was in the groove. Nothing was going to stop me. However, the week before that it was torture to get done what I needed to, similar to this past week. And I feel like this is definitely some sort of pattern.
I’m wracking my brain trying to figure out what I do differently each week. But really I am so boring and so on a routine that it’s the same thing. Maybe I’m not drinking enough water? But how much are you supposed to drink in addition to the daily recommended amount when you are training? Am I wearing the wrong clothes? Is it my shoes? Are my muscles just feeling overworked the weeks I do awesome so they instinctively take it easy because my brain is like ‘c’mon guys! do enough to keep her confident!’
I’m thinking it may be a combo of all three. And that’s cool, not.
For one thing, I definitely don’t want my feet to feel the way they did on Sunday ever again. So give my your best sock recommendations for long runs to prevent blisters! Also I’m going to be fitted for proper shoes in the next week or two. So hopefully this will help with some of the problem.
As for the rest of it, I’ll do trial and error.
What I know right now is that at least my bad runs are followed by an awesome run. The goal is to learn how to make them all awesome (majority!).
Do you feel like you suffer from this same issue? How do you deal? Any recommendations for how to make a bad run better? Let’s discuss!