Saturday, February 24, 2007

Disappointing week

I thought this week that posting my workout plan for the week on Monday like Barbara does would help keep me accountable. Well, yes, I am accountable. Everyone knew my plan and now everyone knows that I totally blew off my miles this week. And, this week, 11 weeks out from my marathon, is not the time to get complacent.

Marathon training, for me, takes a lot of energy, not just the physical energy of a weekly running schedule but a mental and spiritual energy as well. This week, and frankly since the second week of January, the mental and spiritual energy hasn't been there for me, at least where running is concerned. I wonder if I used it all up last fall. One difference presently is that some good things are happening at work and I'm really in a groove with my job. Instead of thinking every waking moment about my workouts and running goals, like last fall, I find myself engrossed in my work, thinking about the discussions from the day and what's going on tomorrow. We're in the middle of a big conversion at work and we're dealing with deadlines, politics, keeping everyone informed. Preparing for this go-live is kind of like preparing for a marathon. And this go-live is more than 12 months away. Anyway, needless to say, I'm a bit preoccupied with work.

So, no questions about how to make up for this week. I've learned those lessons. I know that missing my 15 miler this week is probably the only thing that hurt me but I'm not going to try to make it up. Actuallly, I could try to get it in Monday evening and not be that far off track. I think that would be better than skipping it altogether. Next week is a cutback week so I could get my 15 miler in on Monday and then be left with and easy 11 miler for my long run next weekend. Maybe I can make it work. The thing I'm worried about more is my motivation. I've got to find it again. I will!

6 comments:

barbara said...

Sorry to hear you had a rough week Vic. We all go through it, but it's no fun to be the one in that place.

I was thinking the other day that while I know that I generally hit 95-100% of my scheduled workouts, I never have posted at the end of the week if I did that. I'm thinking about making that a Saturday post to finish out the week.

Flying Pig is in Cincinnati, right? A friend from high school did that one last year and had a lot of fun.

Vic said...

Cincinatti is correct!!!

Devin said...

Vic, I swear, you could have just written my blog. I had a sucky week as well.

You are doing great, one missed run won't hurt ya. You will get back on track.

I will be there with you at the Pig. Oink....

You are da man!

TX Runner Girl said...

Don't beat yourself up Vic, we all have those weeks where we're not as motivated. I have definitely been there. Hang in there, I have a feeling you will be back to your super-motivated self in no time!

Emily said...

I'm sorry you had a tough week, Vic. I know you've got more goals to meet, but maybe what you need is to cut yourself a break for a week or two. Maybe some cross training is what you need, rather than to keep trying to push out these runs you aren't motivated for. Stick to the long run plan, but consider doing some XT in place of those other runs...sounds like you're just getting a little bit burt out. Take care, dude...

J~Mom said...

Vic, don't beat yourself up!! We all have weeks like that and sometimes it's good to shift your focus off of running for awhile. You can do it!