Sometimes you have one of those weeks. You know what I'm talking about. You have all the best intentions, and the plan is laid out before you, but somehow you fall behind.
That's what happened to me this week. The Nike+ app modified my training program for this past week after I'd already made plans for my runs. Between the unexpected change and the chill and rain, I sort of lost my rhythm. Pretty soon the week was coming to a close and I hadn't run once.
In the past, when I've hit a snag like this, instead of stumbling and righting myself, I fall all the way off the wagon. I restart the training program, or abandon it altogether.
Lucky for me, I had already planned to do a 6-mile run with Lauren on Saturday, and rather than disappoint her and skip that run, too, I decided to stick to that run. Sure it wasn't what the training plan had scheduled for me this week, but it still fit with the overall plan.
It's a good reminder that my training, my goals, they're mine. I don't have to stick to someone else's agenda, especially when it's as generic as a Nike+ app is. And I don't need to be rigid about my own agenda either. I don't have to take every step perfectly to get where I'm going.
And that's a good thing because, since it's been so rainy, we had a couple of imperfect steps on the run yesterday. A little more than half a mile from home we ran across a puddle the size of a large pond. Lauren was sure it wasn't too deep to cross... and sure it wasn't too deep... but water rushed over the tops of my shoes and down into my socks... cold and wet? Gross. I refused to run in it, in case the footing was slick. I didn't want to slip or twist an ankle, because that would really set back my training.
In the picture below, I'd passed the half-way point of the crossing. Ridiculous.
The training app will probably modify my schedule again based on my running this week, so I'm trying not to look at it and make any running plans yet. But I if I have to, I'll go off the program again. I'm getting used to blazing my own trail, to trusting my own authority and believing that I know myself well enough to understand what I need to meet my goals. And it's about time, too.
The last thing I wanted to mention about this run is that I wore a new pair of shoes. My last two pairs of shoes have been Nike Pegasus, and this last pair I've been using for more than 200 miles, so I thought it was time to break in a new pair, since I'll likely need them by the time I get to my marathon run. Yeah. little did I know they'd be soaked by the end.
Anyhow, they're Mizuno Wave Enigmas... and they're supposed to be comparable to the Brooks Ghost and Nike Pegasus, but they're a little cheaper, so I thought I'd give them a try. I know a good shoe, no matter what the cost, is cheaper than knee surgery, but it's still a bit hard on the budget when you get to using them up at a couple of pairs a year. I'll try to get as much as I can out of the Nikes before I send them on their way, too.
My toes were a little constricted at the beginning, so after the first mile I loosened the laces some all the way down the shoe, and then they felt great. I was a bit sore in the hips after the run, but I'm not sure that I can link that to the new shoes. I think that I'm just going to feel it over longer distances, the more I push myself. Rollering, tylenol, and lots of good stretching to go with good shoes and compression socks. This is how I prepare for the battle ahead.
I'm gearing up for the challenges to come.