Last week was a very interesting one for me. My goal at the beginning of the week was to maintain the momentum I had going from the week before. Unfortunately, that didn’t exactly happen. I had an 8 hour professional exam on Friday that added a level of stress that I wasn’t really expecting. I knew I would be anxious and stressed but I expected to be able to (and want to) go for a run during the week. My test ended up consuming my thoughts all week and I didn’t want to do anything except study.
Last Week’s Workouts:
- Monday, 10/21/2013 – Rest
- Tuesday, 10/22/2013 – Yoga
- Yoga – Hip Openers Sequence (AM Yoga DVD, 25 minutes
- Wednesday, 10/23/2013 – Cross Training
- Elliptical – 3.07 miles, 35 minutes
- Thursday, 10/24/2013 – Rest
- Friday, 10/25/2013 – Rest
- Saturday, 10/26/2013 – Rest
- Sunday, 10/27/2013 – Halloween Halfathon
- 13.10 miles, 3:05:27 (total time), 14:09 min/mile avg. pace
When I woke up on Monday morning, I felt surprisingly good considering the fact that I had run 12 miles the night before. My only complaint was the tightness I felt in my right hip. I figured that my body was just angry with me for not stretching and cross training enough.
On Tuesday morning, I decided to do one of my yoga DVDs instead of running. My hip was still a little tight so I was hoping that it would help loosen up those muscles. I went with the 25 minute Hip Opener sequence on my AM Yoga DVD and it totally did the trick. My right hip loosened up and I felt amazing. I even considered going for my scheduled run after work. Of course, my nerves started setting in while I was at the office and all thoughts of running left my mind.
On Wednesday, I stayed home from work so I could get in plenty of studying for my exam. In the early afternoon, my boyfriend suggested that I take a break and go to the gym with him. We haven’t been to the gym since we got back from California so I decided to take advantage of the elliptical machine. My body had already told me that I needed to do more cross training so I figured 30 minutes on the elliptical would be good for me.
I spent Thursday prepping for my exam, driving to Orlando, and attempting to calm my nerves. I considered going for a run but my stomach was twisted up in knots all day. Friday consisted of an extremely long day in a very cold testing room and driving back from Orlando. Eight hour exams are completely exhausting and all I wanted to do when I got home was to straight to bed. When I woke up on Saturday morning, my neck and back were extremely tight and sore from the stress of the exam. I decided that I needed to be a total couch potato to let my body completely relax before my half marathon on Sunday.
On Sunday morning, my boyfriend and I woke up early and headed down to Ft. DeSoto for the Halloween Halfathon. We got to the race a little bit later than I would have liked and I didn’t get a chance to do any of my pre-race rituals. My heart rate strap started bothering me during mile 3 and my hip started bothering me during mile 5. I considered giving up many times during the race but I crossed the finish line of my 12th half marathon. It was one of the most mentally challenging races I have ever run. My goal was to finish close to 2:45 and I finished in over 3 hours. It was heartbreaking.
How did your workouts go last week? Have you ever run a mentally challenging race?