15K Training- Week 5

Monday, May 09, 2011

Week 5 complete! One week left until race day!

I posted a blog last week about trouble I was having with my right ankle. Nothing particularly traumatic happened, I think it was just repeated pounding during my runs and step-aerobics classes, and then spending 3 days in high heels for a trial skills training. The pain got bad enough on Monday that I decided to skip my run on Tuesday morning. That made me feel bad and guilty and unhappy. Plus I overate on Tuesday, and that certainly didn’t help me feel better about the situation. Plus during the week I was having a lot of trouble with my hunger. I was getting soooooooo hungry between meals and all I wanted to do was eat and eat and eat and eat! I think this had a lot to do with some of the tough emotional stuff I’ve been trying to deal with. I know that I can be an emotional eater, and when things are bothering me I want to comfort myself with yummy food, especially sweets like cakes, cookies, ice cream, and candy. So when I know I’ve had enough to eat but I’m still hungry, I have to recognize it for what it is. At the same time, I don’t like feeling hungry and I know I’m burning a lot of calories with my training. So I’ve switched to eating 5 small meals a day. This seems to be helping keep my hunger at bay, and I’m pretty happy about that. We’ll see how it goes this week!

As for my runs last week, I did 2 shorter runs because I’m now on a “taper” plan. I’m running to maintain my fitness level, but I’m not doing any long runs to push myself. No injuries. That’s the goal at this point! I did 5 miles around my neighborhood on Thursday morning, and then I did 6 miles on the treadmill at the gym on Friday night. It felt kind of strange not to do anything longer or more intense, but I’m trying to remind myself I’m working towards a goal here. I’ve got to trust the plan!

I can’t believe the race is less than a week away! I’ve worked so hard and it’s almost show time! I’m looking forward to the whole race experience, and especially running across that finish line. I can imagine how I think it’s going to feel and I am so excited! I want that feeling so badly, that feeling of power and accomplishment and pride and happiness! I’m going to be spending the night before and after the race down at Sugarloaf at a condo my friends have rented. After the race we’ll be celebrating and relaxing and just hanging out together. I’m even taking the day off on Monday so I don’t have to head home right after the race. It’s going to be so great! I can’t wait!

Hopefully my next blog post will be a post-race report. Wish me luck!

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