After 6 weeks of staying home, working from home, no longer following a training plan, and just winging it week after week, this week there was a shift in my focus. I took a cut back week after my virtual half-marathon last weekend, but in general everything just felt different. Reality started to hit that things were not going back to normal any time soon. Work somehow got busier. The weather was dreary and we couldn’t get outside much. Running less + extra stress= an overall lousy mood. It was definitely the hardest week for me so far.
A Shift in Focus from Running
As someone who doesn’t mind being home all the time, the situation is not all that bad for me. I think what’s getting to me are the thoughts about what life will be like even when stay at home orders are lifted. Will we feel safe again for months, or even years? When will we be able to go back to work and school? Not to be a downer but I am not very optimistic that any big races will even happen in 2020. I hope I am wrong, but it just seems like until there is a vaccine/treatment (which will likely take another year) we won’t be able to do things like that.
Ok, so sorry for the rant. But that was the reality of my week. I think prior to this week my heavy focus on running and virtual races helped distract me. Plus it sort of felt more temporary those first few weeks. Lately I’ve had some really rough moments of trying to parent a toddler while also participating in webinars/calls. I’m grateful for the ability to turn off my video when things get really bad.
Here’s how the week of workouts looked:
Monday: Strength Training + Foam Rolling
Wednesday: 3 Miles +Hip/Glute Exercises
Thursday: Strength Training + 3 Stroller Miles
Friday: 3 Miles + Core
Saturday: 5 Miles
Sunday: 20 Minute Spin Bike
As I said, this was a planned cutback week after my virtual half last weekend. I stuck to shorter runs and only ran 4 days this week. I did a lot of heavier strength training and was pretty sore throughout the week. I was on my treadmill a few times due to the weather and I also got out with the stroller once. We had been in the habit of going for walks every day, but lately the weather just hasn’t been great so it’s been harder to get out.
I am not sure what next week will bring. Part of me feels like I need to save my energy to deal with the stress of life. Another part of me feels like I need to run more to cope with everything. I am hoping that I can just get out of this funk and just find a happy medium with it all.
On a positive note, I am going to share a couple of good things from this week!
My new shoes came! These are the Brooks hyperion tempos (affiliate link). I have wanted to try them for awhile so I told myself if I ran sub 1:45 in my half last week that I could get them.
Earlier sunrises! The sun is starting to peak out as I am finishing up my morning runs. When I ran a little later on Saturday it was light out as I finished at 6:15. This is a great time of year for morning runners!
I hope you all had a good week and are trying to stay positive!
Have some weeks been harder than others for you throughout all of this?
What is something positive that happened this week?
Have you been running more or less than usual lately?