I then told myself that when we returned home I'd simply hop on the indoor bike and log some easy workout time, I did have a long 30km run the next day after all. But when home I just couldn't do it. Eventually I relented and took a rest day. This is I hope a sign of maturity as an athlete, not laziness. I think we often need to read when we need a day off. It turned out I had a quality 31km run the next day which was a much more important workout than the one I missed on Friday so I feel in hindsight a day off was a good idea.
But then this week I've been feeling rather low about training. My motivation has dipped somewhat. On Tuesday I almost talked myself out of a run as it had snowed quite a bit. I thought I'd maybe hit the treadmill but in the end I took an easy 10km run outside on what was supposed to be a hill or track workout day. On Thursday which was tempo day I convinced myself it was too icy to really push the pace and settled into a grey zone 11km run that was too easy to be a quality tempo and too hard to be a rest day.
Then last night I sat and reflected and realized that this was a natural low week. I decided I wasn't going to beat myself up regretting it. I'm still on task. My body feels great, I've seen big progress and the plan is still manageable. This weekend I have a shorter 10km easy run on Saturday and a local favourite 8km race in which I'd love to PB on Sunday. I feel motivated by the shorter distances and find myself looking forward to the weekend. Today (a week after I missed my first workout) I did get my swim in and I am going to yoga. In fact last night I snuck in an extra yoga class and found myself not only getting in a great stretch but left feeling much more invigorated.
This post is more about the inevitable struggles anyone will have in a training cycle than the excitement of success. I feel like my last posts have all been rainbows and butterflies but rest assured no matter who you are, you will at times hit bumps in the road. The main goal is to arrive at the key race healthy and to understand the long game of training not the worry of any individual day.
Going forward I'm going to start paying more attention to sleep making sure I'm getting enough rest. I may even introduce regular naps. The long runs are getting longer and they take me a few days to recover from. I'll pop back in with another update in a few weeks. If you're training for something I hope it's going well.