I have to admit that I’ve been struggling this week. Since racing under bad conditions (that I admittedly put myself in) last weekend, my body has been revolting.
I’ve been tired all week. I haven’t been able to get myself up to run in the mornings, and work has been absolutely nuts (11-12 hour days all week), so post work runs or workouts have not happened either.
This morning I had every intent on getting up and hitting the road before I had to join some conference calls and head to the airport. Without meaning to, I hit snooze for an hour! By the time I got up, I was starving, and getting in my planned tempo run isn’t happening.
As much as sticking to training plans is important, I also know that pushing my body too far when I’m completely run down is a terrible decision. It will make me resent training, and potentially ruin my form, putting me at risk for injury.
So instead, I’m throwing an extra running outfit into my luggage, and will plan to run a few easy miles this afternoon when I get to Pittsburgh, keep my planned 10 mile run tomorrow, which will lead me through a good portion of the Pittsburgh Half course.
If it all works out the way I’m planning, I’ll do speed work on Sunday when I’m back in Philly. And will be back on track.
If not, I shall sleep. Lots and lots of sleep.
Do you find yourself getting to a point during training where your body just revolts?
Do you run race courses during training if you can?
What do you do when you find that you’re more tired than normal?