Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bad workouts.

From my log notes:Today was possibly my worst workout ever (besides the times I finished injured). I had planned on a 2 mile time trial but stalled, and stalled, and ran a few strides and warmed up and stalled some more. 

Then I got sick to my stomach and ran out of TP (usually this is not a problem) ..I had to get creative. Not pretty. Finally went for it, hitting LAP on the watch. Way too fast a start and knew it. Changed screens and NO time was registering for the actual pace/distance. Crud. I forgot to hit start again after the stop. I went about 800M at about 5:20 pace, but all unrecorded- but it shows up on the GPS map as a straight section ...Stopped and caught my breath and tried again, this time got maybe 200 M and realized I did it ALL over again. 

I knew after this It would not be worth doing the TT today, so I opted to recover and run a few miles tempo instead. Blah!!! 
Moving on --attempt to salvage a workout...

Tempo felt hard after all the R pace running of strides and non-TT. It actually felt race-ish for as slow as it went. Agh. 

I drove home from the "track" and the sun started to break through the fog. Dew glistening on the spiderwebs and I realized it was all JUST a workout. And I am DARNed blessed to be able to run 8 miles without being injured. That's what it all boils down to. 
Getting faster is overrated!

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Ever have a workout that just gets *#$*&ed up? Thankfully it isn't the norm, but many things went wrong today. After running too hard to keep shooting for a time trial, I opted to abandon the workout and do something less rigorous- but still something useful.
Even that didn't go very well. Some days are just like that. Not every run can be wonderful. Not every workout can be great; some were just meant to be a disaster. They make me appreciate the moments when things "come together".

In the back of my mind, I remember that the best days should be races and not workouts, anyway. And I try to be grateful just to have had a chance to dress down and hit the road. 

What do you do when your workouts are not going as planned? Most of the time I suck it up if I have already started. Sometimes I modify my workout. Most of the time I try to sandwich them with lots of easy-pace running.

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Faith stuff
There is just something about this song that always speaks to my heart. I heard it in the car on my way home from the track and it was perfect timing-  another reminder of who holds the reins.


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Other stuff/ apologies
It looks like I lost a reader or two after my last post. I didn't want there to be any confusion about my kids, what I believe, and/or what I am teaching them, so I went back and made a late edit. I sure hope I didn't offend anyone with a glimpse into my "real world" as a mom.

38 comments:

  1. Oh no! I haven't had a run where I ran out of TP yet, that does qualify it as a bad run not to mention all the problems you had with the garmin.

    Lately it seems as though none of my workouts have gone as planned!

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    1. Hope that yours start going better, Christy.

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  2. My fail from today: dropped the older kids off at school, met a friend for a run and didn't get out of the parking lot before I discovered the wheel on my jogging stroller was broken. Bummer. However, I'm extremely grateful for my treadmill and did get a run in during nap time. Just need to make sure I shower before showing up to school for the second time today in running clothes. :)

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    1. Thank goodness for the treadmill! It saves the day sometimes. Hope you can get your stroller running again.
      Good luck on the shower! The important things got done, anyway :D

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  3. I think for 'A' personality type people like us, so called fails really effect us. Not even just with running; but all aspects in life - something not going as planned plays out to be a lot more traumatic in my head than it really is.

    With workouts that don't go as planned what I have been doing is pulling training peaks back up, looking at my progress over the past months, and realizing 'this too shall pass:)'

    oh and "Getting faster is overrated" for YOU because you are already Miss Speedy! :D I have no doubt you will rock your TT next time you give it a go. Redemption Baby!

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    1. You have it right Christie- though I would say that in general I am learning to let it go when things don't go as well in a training session.

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  4. Sorry for the 'bad' workout. I hate it when the body doesn't cooperate. And yes, I agree with Christie on the "getting faster" comment. Seriously speedy girl.. I dream of running as fast as you can on your worst day. I am embracing "slow is the new fast." :-) Admire your dedication and hard work. You rock Raina!!

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    1. Thanks Liz. BTW..you didn't miss much at the reunion. :)

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  5. My old track coach made us run without a watch - we had to "learn" how to pace ourselves for our time trails and if we went too fast at the start, then we just had to suffer and stick it out. I loved this!! I have had a couple races where I don't wear my Garmin because I love to get that feeling of being aware of what my body is capable. Haven't been there in a long time but hopefully again one day. Anyway, you should give it a try sometime...set the watch and never look at it until you cross; I think you'd be surprised :).

    Most of my runs don't go as planned anymore...I think I need to let go completely of the past and accept that this is where I am, it's less frustrating - ha.

    I've been so swamped lately ... must have missed your last post - I'll go read that now!!
    xo

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    1. Yeah. I hear you about going watchless- or atleast GPSless from time to time. I have done one race without a watch and it was pretty lame. I will continue to wear my time keeping device for races at least. So glad to hear from you. :)

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  6. Bleh. Sorry your workout went South. I've had so many bad ones it's laughable. I. Chalk mine up to age. But in the scheme of things, it's a minor annoyance. When things are really sucking I take the pressure off and try to just enjoy it.

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    1. There is much to be enjoyed when you just take the pressure off. :)

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  7. I have many days where my workout gets &*#$ up and I can't stand it. It is usually the day where it doesn't matter how hard I try, it would have been an epic fail no matter what. Hopefully your next work is redemption. I am sure it will be knowing you.

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    1. Thanks Tasha. We'll see! Keep getting those feet /legs better.

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  8. It's comforting to know I'm not alone in the "bad workout" boat. My coach always tries to tell me that it's the effort that matters. Hard work is hard work, end of story. I hope that's the case!

    And, even as a public school teacher, there was nothing offensive about your last post. I can't believe someone would stop reading b/c of that! Seriously, you do what's best for your children. This is also YOUR blog to write whatever you please. I hope you don't let it get to you. ((HUGS))) Can't wait to read your next post where you ROCKED your workout. ;)

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    1. Your coach is such a smart guy! His words remind me that Daniels has his plans start with things like 4 minute hard+ 3 easy, etc... Hard is hard.

      Thanks for the words of encouragement and hugs. :)

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  9. What are you doing a 2 mile time trial for??? Your doing 5k training now right, when's the big day? Summer and my move has me all out if sorts and I have no idea what's going on anymore. Hope all is well even though it wasn't in the stars for your workout today. I think that I've had more failed/missed workouts than I've had successes in my day. But the way I look at it is that all those days are just dress rehearsals for race day to figure out what works and what doesn't work.

    For me I try not to think about those challenging workouts that I know will make me feel uncomfortable and just go into them in execution mode. Less thinking and more doing!!!

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    1. The big day is in about 6 weeks. The time trial is for both a workout (Vo2 harder than 5k) and to keep current with paces for training.
      Funny about the dress rehearsal part! It felt just like one...or a real race at a new distance. I think that's why I got sick when I did.
      Usually execution mode works just fine for me, but I am not used to TTs.

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  10. I had to look back at your last post thinking I'd missed something. What you had written wasn't offensive at all. Everyone with kids knows that sometimes they say things that aren't necessarily appropriate or PC. You're clearly a good mom doing a good job raising your kids.

    I've had loads of lousy workouts lately. My coping mechanism has been to stagger through them regardless at whatever atrocious pace I can manage, but today was a good reminder that I need to start mixing in some speedwork and getting used to hurting a little again, that being at the edge of being sick isn't necessarily a bad thing, and that I need to stop being such a big baby and push myself more.

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    1. Thanks for the good mom part, Kate. I try!

      Reading about your willingness to get used to the hurt of speed work makes me smile. You are far from a big baby. :)

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  11. Like Kate said, nothing wrong or offensive in the last post for me either.

    I've had plenty of bad workouts specially with the temperature over 100 seemingly for weeks on end. I ran as far as I could then turned and walked home without risking heat stroke, a real stroke or a heart attack. Just like you realizing you are blessed I looked at it from the positive side of things that I was out there trying to get it done while most people gave up.

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  12. Sounds like we had the same kind of running day. And like you said, we are still very blessed NOT to be injured. I thought of that after I stopped my workout early today. At least I wasn't quitting because of an injury that would have me out for days/ weeks/ or months. I just have to remind myself that this is my not so-speedy time of the year. Fall, winter and spring are MUCH kinder to me running-wise.

    When workouts do not go as planned I usually do what you do- suck it up and finish. It seems like every once in a while though I have to stop and regroup. That was definitely today. Things will be better next time.

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    1. Yes we did have a similar day. Caught your post- and you had some intense work for marathon training! Much better to catch yourself early and save some heartache. FAll is on the way. Looking forward to the cool crisp days :)

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  13. Oh man. We have all those rotten training days. Sorry you had one! It makes me feel better though because you always seem to run so fast so easily!! I definitely feel your pain with the sick stomach. Keep up the great work and know that tomorrow will be better. :)

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  14. I have had those days when the plan just goes south! It really bums me out because I go over the plan in my head over and over, then I get excited to execute it. When things go wrong, I usually abandon the plan and just run. I try to do it another day, but still...

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  15. I have bad days but most of the time just push through knowing it makes me strong for those hard times during races. That said, my training is focused on distance and doesn't include speed or other intervals. Nothing wrong with your previous post. That's who you are. Relax and write things your way. Blogging to me is expressing things in my way. Those who don't like can leave with pleasure. I won't change anything about me or the way I think and write to please readers. They must know who I am.

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    1. Johann, thanks- I really appreciate your thoughts, epecially on blogging.

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  16. Better a bad workout than nothing. I used to change route and to stop my watch when the things went wrong so I was not conditioned by the pace.
    Things will be better next time, be sure.

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    1. Thanks Stefano. I'm definitely grateful to be running!

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  17. Sorry that I missed your last post. Things are super crazy here on campus. As for the workout -- it appears that you chose correctly to adapt. Yes, you are right -- just being out there is a blessing.

    Glad to see the faith stuff back!!

    Peace and Godspeed.

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  18. Weird. I can't imagine you losing a reader or two. You seem so grounded and "real." Definitely one of my favorite blogs, and to be honest, I really and truly only have a few that I like. Was it the "Mexican" thing? Sweet boys. Send them down to Yuma. ;-) Us white folk are the minority here! It has definitely been a cultural experience for our family.

    The whole summer and running for me has been sort of BLAH. I did a 1-mile time trial at the track last week in 6:29. I was bummed. Then again, if you consider that I did it in 73% humidity and 87 degrees at 5:45 am (ridiculous), I suppose it's a victory. Currently it's monsoon season, so while the temperature has cooled down, it still feels just as terrible because of the rise in humidity. It's just a real struggle for me to get out the door in the morning. 1 more month of it. I think I can. I think I can.

    And like you said, at least we're healthy. This time last year I was stuck on the Alter G.

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    1. I'd like to come to Yuma in the winter :)
      Time trials should not be done in 87 degrees! I can't wait to see where you will be in a month.

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  19. Well, this is completely foreign to me. I never have bad workouts;) I am also a Garmin idiot. Honestly have the worst trouble programming that thing so I always try to just stare at my watch and use the lap button without programming it. I've had PLENTY of workouts that went south because I didn't push the button at the right time or forgot to push the button. I saw some 1K's recently that made me think that one workout that didn't quite go as planned for you isn't really too much to worry about! I modify a lot these days. Plenty of easy runs have turned into progressions or tempos and plenty of speed workouts have turned into tempos or easy runs. This isn't the right way but it seems to be working for me right now.

    I read your other post! I didn't think you had anything to apologize about at all! I laughed. Anybody who took that the wrong way obviously didn't have kids. I could tell stories for HOURS about things my kids have said!! I actually (like usual) commented in my head but forgot to actually comment on your blog.

    Hope you have a super week! You are running SO well!! XOXO

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    1. Modification seems to be getting you a long ways these days, friend. The right way is the way that works best for the individual.

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  20. ugh, hate days like those when it just doesn't come together. Very frustrating but yes, all that's required is a bit of perspective. Wasn't offended by ANYTHING in your last post. You are clearly a good person with good motives and intentions. onwards and upwards fellow speed seeker ;)

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  21. Bad workouts. I definitely know about those. It's hard mentally, even when you know that bad workouts happen. You've had such great races and training runs lately that this must have been a not fun surprise. When a workout isn't going as planned and I can't seem to pull myself together, I often change it completely (i.e., from tempo to intervals or change the interval distances) or run easy and try again the next day.

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  22. This so sounds like something I would do! (minus the speedy part) =)

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  23. OK, here I am coming to this post a week late. I'm always glad to read about bad workouts--not in a gloating way, but in a "great I'm not alone" way. I usually try to handle them as you did this one, or do the sandwich in more easy stuff strategy. Anyone who pretends it's always sunshine and roses is lying!

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