Another week of 2020 has come and gone. While this was a good week of workouts on paper, I got caught up in comparing my runs to training runs from a few years ago. Don’t compare yourself to where you were before. Although isn’t that how we see progress? I’ll take more about this in a minute. First let’s go through the weekly run down.
Weekly Run Down
Monday: Strength Training + 3.7 Miles
Tuesday: 4.3 Stroller Miles + Core
Wednesday: 7.1 Miles with 4 x 1 Mile Repeats
Thursday: Strength Training + 4 Miles
Friday: 1.1 Mile + Glute/Hip Exercises
Saturday: 9 Miles
Sunday: 5.1 Miles (1.5 solo +3.6 stroller)
Monday was my 37th birthday, so I ran 3.7 miles. It was storming out so I was on the treadmill. Leading up to this week I was going to try to do my longer workout this day because it’s nice to do it on Mondays without tired legs from lifting. However, I don’t like doing speed work on the treadmill and the rain and wind was just too heavy for running outside. I mean, I could have run outside but I probably wouldn’t have had a good workout anyway.
This was my last (and one of my only) big workouts before a 10k I’m doing soon. I ran a warm up, then 4 x 1 mile at 10k pace with 3 minutes recovery, and a cool down. Each repeat felt easier and got faster. But overall it was a challenging workout. It makes me wonder if my expectations for my 10k pace are too fast for where my fitness is right now. (I’m aiming for a similar pace to what I did this spring when I ran a virtual 10k). It felt good to push myself, but I was definitely feeling this workout the next day.
Don’t Compare Yourself To Where You Were Before
After struggling through my mile repeats a workout showed up on my TimeHop from 6 years ago. I ran 4 x 2 miles at the same pace. In the middle of higher-mileage marathon training. That workout certainly didn’t knock me down like this one did.
Even though I am really happy with the progress I’ve made since having Grayson almost 2 years ago, it can be hard to look back at what I was doing 5-7 years ago. My easy run pace was faster (but was I really running “easy”?….), my workouts were stronger, I was training for marathons 1-2 times a year. But I was also in my early 30s, with no kids, and I ended up injured quite a bit.
Of course it’s nice to see progress, so that is one reasons to compare yourself to where you were before. So instead of focusing on what is more challenging for me right now, I need to focus on the progress I have made more recently. Like being able to run 6 days a week again for the first time since 2014. And hitting my highest monthly mileage in years. And all these stroller miles that challenge me in a completely different way.
I’m also doing something that I’ve never done before, which is a running streak. I am a huge proponent of rest days, but I am just doing this for fun for 1 month. At least one of my runs each week is VERY short and VERY easy. I made it through 18 days so far, but my last rest day was technically on 9/25 so it’s actually been 23 days.
Here’s the thing- if I were coaching myself, I would look at what I’ve been doing and be able to see the accomplishments of higher mileage, more consistent running, and strength training progress. Those things are going to impact my pace and even how I feel on my runs. You can’t have it all (at least not at the same time) so I need to keep things in perspective.
How were your workouts last week?
Do you compare yourself to where you were before?
How do you measure progress with your running?