Sunday, May 30, 2010
Well, I haven't posted about this in a couple of weeks, so I thought I'd write something down.
My goal for May was to, by month end, run 5.5 miles without stopping or walking. I did this on May 22nd, so I met my goal. However, this past week I have been plagued with back problems in addition to the ongoing Achilles problems...and was not able to replicate that distance this weekend. Ran 5 miles yesterday...but just didn't think I could make another half, so quit at 5.
Because of the upcoming race, I am really unhappy with the 5 miles yesterday. But I'm trying to keep it in perspective - on January 1st, I couldn't even run a full minute without huffing and puffing so much that I dropped it down to 30 seconds in subsequent workouts and for a couple of weeks actually ran 30 seconds/walked for 4 min 30 seconds!
I've come a long way since then, and I should be proud of that...but now all I'm doing is worrying about this race, the heat, etc...and worrying about increasing my mileage every week....and looking at even the smallest 'setback' (if you could call running 5 miles a 'setback') in what was a VERY aggressive plan to begin with as a 'failure'.
And I really can't train any more than I am, because this Achilles issue is giving me fits - really cramping my style. Only ran about 11 miles this week because of my back issues (took 4 days off completely)...but have been running about 18 - 20 miles for the past couple of months....which is about all I dare subject my Achilles to.
Anyway...I'm just not sure I'll be able to run the whole 10K in the July 4th heat. If I was in Alaska, I wouldn't be worried - heat would not be an issue and if I could run 5.5, I could run 6.2. But in the Atlanta heat, all bets are off.
I'm certainly going to try...but I might have to walk part of the way. I'll make the 6.2 miles...but running the whole way? Less confident about that bit in the heat.