I have one more week to keep my shit together. One more week until USATF National Club Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee, FL. One more week of workouts, one more week of a year’s worth of planning, preparation and focus. I’m finally in the homestretch and I’m not sure that I’m going to make it.
The edges are fraying around me. Some idiot (me) planned a family vacation that leaves 3 days after I return from Florida. Somewhere in those three days there will be a day-long swim meet, a day of work and a mountain of laundry and packing. And while there’s nothing I can do about those three days now, I can’t help but wake up at 5 a.m. stressing about it. Which is super useful, I know.
In addition to the self-induced sleep deprivation, I’m battling a downhill mental game to maintain the intensity of key workouts. In other words, I’m having trouble bringing it.
I can’t help but look forward to the break that comes after club nationals. A three-week stretch to enjoy family time, a mental break from scheduling long runs and workouts, and a chance to do different things. Recently I mentioned to Mike that I’ve found myself wishing for seasonal sports for more variety in training. He suggested competitive eating.
As I ponder my hot dog eating potential, here’s a look at last week’s workouts, as I straggle into the finish.
Sunday: 12 mile long run
Monday: 9 miles with 21:00 tempo in the middle
Tuesday: 800 yard swim, 30 minute strength workout, 3 1/2 mile trail run
Wednesday: 8 miles total. 2 1/2 miles warm-up; timed progressions at 80% intensity: 10:00, 8:00, 6:00, 4:00 with 3:00 recovery jog in between; 1 1/2 (ish) miles cool down
Thursday: 800 yard swim, 30 minute strength workout
Friday: 6 miles total. 1 1/2 miles warm-up; intervals on the track: 200m/400m/600m/800m/800m/600m/400m/200m; 1 mile cool down