I haven’t had the best of trainings. Granted, it has gone way better than the last time I attempted a 10K. I’ve had setbacks, and that has been really frustrating. I have tried to make the most of it, and hopefully I won’t die on Sunday. :)
Here are some things I’ve learned along the way about training for a race.
- Expect that things may not go your way. I spent most of August not running because I was so afraid I had a stress fracture. (I didn’t- just muscle tightness) This meant I missed a month of running and I haven’t bounced back well from that time off. I’ve only had 2 runs at a 5k or longer distance.
- Illness (like injuries) happens. I was all prepared to spend the past 2.5 weeks running like crazy. Nope. I got sick. I hadn’t had a cold in over a year, so this threw me for a loop. Add a weekend travelling and it was just a bad mix all around.
- Find what works for you, and stick with it. This time around, I tried something new. And it just didn’t work for me, which is a shame. It ended up making me not want to run and caused me a lot of anxiety I didn’t need. It also brought on feelings of inadequacy and shame, along with the anxiety and stress.Granted, this is something I am going to have to work on (perhaps) if I want to move on in life. However, as my elementary teachers used to say: “Cindy doesn’t play well with others.” (This isn’t a reflection on anyone but myself and my social anxiety issues.)
- Don’t forget cross/strength training. I knew I should be doing it, but didn’t do much of it. For me it was an all or nothing thing. If I wasn’t running, I wasn’t doing anything. I got really too much in my own way in training.
Have you ever encountered issues in race training? Do you have any advice for me so I don’t die on Sunday?