This morning I literally was back on the track for the first time in quite awhile. Last week John Ball gave me a clean bill of health, which was great news, and also meant that apparently taking a week off the legs was indeed the final thing we needed to get “the situation” cleared up. However, it doesn’t mean that I can suddenly run well again after 3 months of compromised run training.
So after a week off and a week of free choice/ birthday smashfests, Coach and I finally got to have a meeting last night and get to work on the plan to get my run legs back under me.
It began with a Tuesday train-til-8PM day and a track session this morning on the local high school track; I even snapped that lovely crackberry photo for you! Running track at a time like this is never really fun; it just hurts and the hurt isn’t rewarded with fast (relatively speaking, of course) times.
I find it tough to motivate and push through this phase, and this morning was no different.
This is what got me through:
- Breaking the set up into manageable increments. I had 15 reps, but took them just 5 at a time. I could wrap my head around five.
- Imaginary training partners. Track sessions are 100x better with friends, and as I didn’t actually have any training partners today, I convinced myself that the local age group athletes and coach whom I ran into on the track were in fact my coach and training partners. Weird, I know—but it helped to keep my effort honest.
- Focusing on doing the best I could for today. That’s all I could ask of myself; I just had to put some times on the board to start, and next week I work on bettering them.
- Running with the music. The ipod never fails. Plus I stole Maiki’s, and he actually has a live recording of our USC Trojan Marching Band playing the fight song on there. Amazing.
And with that, I was back on track.