Another rough week of training in the books. What did I learn this week? That slacking off on nutrition and proper fueling can absolutely destroy you.
Until this past Saturday, I had never taken a walking break during a training run. During races, yes...but training runs, no. This weekend though, I had no choice. I just couldn't keep going. My legs started cramping up as early as Mile 8...my hips were were hurting at Mile 9 and it was just a struggle through the end.
Yesterday morning, I woke up with soreness that usually comes after a race. Yes, it was hot during my run, but not any hotter than it was the week before...or the week before that...but when I started thinking about everything that goes into a long run, I pinned it down to my nutrition and fueling. I haven't been planning my meals and fixating on my protein or carb intake. I haven't been snacking smartly or focusing on a good pre-long run meal.
All of that changes this week. I spent yesterday doing some major weekend warrior cooking and am hoping that that, combined with increasing my iron and B vitamins will turn things around.
Chicago Marathon Training: Week 6
Total Mileage Last Week: 31
Missed Workouts: I had an extra 5 miles on my training plan, but I said last week that I would be ok with only 32 miles this week. I was just shy of that, but I'm ok with it.
Tuesday: 7 hot, hilly miles with a coworker
Wednesday: 4 hot, humid miles with The Pilot after work
Friday: 5 nice and easy after work
Saturday: See above...15 super tough miles
Sunday: Rest...unless you count the 2 mile bike ride I went on during which my legs felt like they were being put through a medieval torture device.
Planned Mileage this Week: 39...I probably won't hit that...that's a pretty steep jump from 31 and I don't want to risk another injury.
Goals for the Week: Cross train...seriously. Take my vitamins, eat everything I made yesterday.
There you have it, 6 weeks down, 10 to go. How's your training going? What are some of your favorite things to eat during a raining cycle?