Ultra training: week 4 (cutback week)

What my run might’ve looked like, if I’d actually got out for one this weekend πŸ˜‚

Oh man, I don’t know what happened this week. I had 5 runs on the plan: 3m, 4m, 3m, 5m and 10m. Intensity-wise it was a cutback week so I was going to mix up my routes a bit, take my time and just enjoy myself, with the option of cutting out 1 of the shorter sessions if life got in the way.

To be fair I managed run number one on Tuesday, and thought I was off to a well solid start by ticking it off so early in the week. It was a 3 miler on the treadmill, with negative splits of 9:55, 9:23, and 8:43 – slower than my max 5k effort, but really didn’t feel very comfortable. Still, it was a decent run.

Then I had a couple of gnarly strength workouts on Wednesday and Thursday and the DOMS kicked in hard, lasting well into the weekend (there were many burpees, lunges, squats and medicine balls involved…). Normally, a run would loosen my legs up a bit, but I just wasn’t feeling it. The following day I was invited out for dinner, and it really didn’t take much convincing (literally “cheeky carvery this eve?” and I was sold…) for me to scrap that evening’s treadmill run for a plate of food the size of my head (and then some).

I was full of good intentions for the weekend. I was going to head out early doors on Saturday for the 10 miler to beat the weather, and figured I could either nip out for my 5 miler during a lull in the wind on Sunday, or just gym it. But for the first weekend in over a month I had absolutely no motivation. None. And I didn’t even feel thaaat bad for bailing. I mean I feel guilty now, because what’s the point in writing a training plan if I’m just going to sack off the sessions? But I just couldn’t get my head in the game this week.

We all have these weeks, right!?

I’d forgotten how much of a mental game it is when you’re building towards an event for such a long time. 16+ weeks on paper doesn’t seem that long, but keeping the motivation going to get you out the door day after day is TOUGH. I’m not sure how I used to do it.

Fingers crossed for better weather next week, and a bit more mojo after a weekend of rest and carb loading (totally strategic, honest). I’m drawing a line under this week and putting it down to a bit of a winter blip. Onwards and upwards!

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