Training diary- Stress is stress, so calm the f down!

I’m sitting here 4 weeks out from my A race, eating a hot cross bun in January (don’t judge me!), feeling sorry for myself and lamenting over my crapping week of training.

All week I’ve been listening to hormone related podcasts, each focusing on different aspects of how training impacts your hormones and body, about how important it is to listen to your body, fuel it property and not to over stress it if you don’t let it recover (lots more to come on this later!)

Well just like you know donuts are not as good for you as brocolli, it turns out that more knowledge isn’t necessarily power when it comes to listening to your body either.

I’ve had a big week at work which has resulted in long nights, and broken or missing sleep which of course snow balled into crappy eating and crappy training. Before you say, well manage your work better etc etc, it’s completely out of my control. I work in a role where I am available 24/7, 2-3 weeks out of every month, so sometimes I get woken up in the middle of the night and don’t get home until 6am. There isn’t anything I can do about it, I just have to better manage it and this week I really sucked.

I started my training week on a Monday which I don’t usually do. Monday is usually a rest day from running and I do strength training in the afternoon but I had an important presentation during the day and an early morning run helps to settle my nerves and prepare me for the day. So I broke my first rule and ran on Monday.

Tuesday I was out all night. I missed Wednesday mornings run on account of sleeping but still made it to cycle class. My legs were so ruined from PT on Monday night plus there was the lack of sleep, so the HIIT cycle class probably wasn’t the best stress to be adding.

Then I missed Thursday mornings run as well because I was just to tired for my 4am alarm.

I worked a really long shift on Friday and was late home, essentially walking in and going straight to bed.

I felt pretty good after getting a sleep in on Saturday morning and did a solid reverse hill rep session (hike up, bomb down) to stress my legs and help get them used to the downhill running of Old Ghost.

Then I was called out again on Saturday night and didn’t get home until 3am.

So after trying to still do my fast finish long run on the treadmill this afternoon and mowing the grass, I’m sitting here feeling like my week was a complete bust.

My goal of 55km is 10km short. I know the distance probably doesn’t matter but I’ve been really proud of my Strava snake and that is just one more nail in my overly emotional, exhausted coffin.

I know I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. It’s 4 weeks out and I’m not going to get any fitter, the next four weeks are all about speed and specificity, not distance or easy miliage. I need to focus on my nutrition and sleep and trying to look after myself as much as I can, so when a curb ball does get thrown in, I’m better equipped to deal it with and don’t snowball into a life of coffee, oreos and crappy workouts.

I’ve been reading the Roche’s book, “The Happy Runner” and am loving the ideas behind it. Hopefully I can introduce some of them and not be so hard on myself when things don’t go to plan.

Hope your training went well this week.

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