When I started this blog five years ago (!) my very first post was about training for the 2010 Army Ten Miler. The next year, I did a whole series of “training log” posts, chronicling six weeks of training. Now, here I am a few days away from my eighth Army Ten Miler and I’ve barely written about it–or thought about it!
Instead of focusing on training for the Army Ten Miler, I’ve been focusing on recovering from my broken foot and ramping up my running without getting hurt again. That means I’ve done a grand total of one hill workout, one track workout, and one 10 mile run.
Another thing that made training for the Army Ten Miler so difficult this year was my travel schedule. I’ve spent the last three weekends away from home–two of them in Chicago!
September 19: I already shared the stormy lake photo from my 8 mile run along the Chicago Lakefront Trail, but I took this picture after I finished that run and the sun was breaking through the clouds.
September 27: A week later I was back in Chicago for another conference. I had a break between a “networking brunch” from 11-1 and a “committee meeting” at 4:30. I ate lightly at the brunch, skipped the Bloody Mary’s, and quickly changed into my running clothes so I could squeeze in that one 10 mile run.
I don’t usually run in the afternoon, and this run reminded me why. I was grateful for the clouds that kept it from being too warm, but the crowds! OMG, the crowds! I wanted to run around the Navy Pier to round out my mileage, but it was so packed even walking was difficult, so I ended up doing another out-and-back leg along the Lakefront Trail.
September 28: One of the conference events was a “5K Fun Run” but the runners who led my group thought we needed to run further and faster.
It was really humid and my legs were tired from those 10 miles the day before, but this was a good run–and my only run the whole week since I opted for strength training and spinning T/W/Th and spent Friday traveling again.
October 3: Last weekend we were visiting my daughter in Colorado. Our hotel was in a commercial area not quite suited to running, so I opted for the treadmill.
I wanted to do 6 miles, but 4 was all I could stand in the small, warm fitness room. Honestly, I wasn’t pysched about doing any miles on the treadmill, so I gave myself credit for doing that much. We ended up hiking up Mt. Sanitas after breakfast, so hopefully those extra miles will count for something come race day.
I don’t think I could have done much more training for the Army Ten Miler this year, but I need to be ready to accept the consequences. I certainly don’t expect to come close to the PR I set last year, but I also can’t expect the 10 miles to feel “easy” like they did the year before–I doubt I’ll be feeling any love for the 14th Street Bridge this year!
I would like to say that I plan to just run it for fun with no goal pace in mind, but I know myself better than that. By the time I pin on my race bib, I’m sure I will have certain numbers I want to see on my Garmin. Between now and then, I will try to talk myself into realistic expectations that will let me enjoy being able to run again.
How do you set goals after recovering from an injury?