There's not too much to say about this week, except I ran four times for a total of 27 mi and had no time for cross training (no lifting or yoga). The only notable workout was the last one - 7mi with a timed 4miler in the middle. The 4mi was a little interesting though. The plan called for 3.5mi hard, with 0.5mi easier during the workout (to practice recovering and surging). I could choose where to put that easier 0.5mi, but I was not supposed to make it 4 straight tempo miles...but I was supposed to time the entire thing.
I was really anxious going into this on Saturday morning. The rest of my week had been total crap. I'd been running S.L.O.W.L.Y. at 4am before the conference started. Switching to the Whole30 made me exhausted, cranky, and in major need of a sugar fix. I was running the warm up and thinking about all the excuses - tired, overworked, worn high heels yadda yadda yadda. Excuses, excuses.
I got to the trail to start the workout and realized that I just had to let it go. I would time this 4miler and whatever came out of it would be just fine. I decided to find a "hard but sustainable" pace for the first mile and planned to just work to get faster than that (whatever that was) as the miles went on.
2mi warm up, including 6 x 20 sec strides - 9:44, 8:20
4mi - 28:46 (7:11 pace)
1-1.5: 7:13 pace
1.5-2: 8:19 pace (rest interval)
1.2 mi cooldown
And it felt great! Sure, it was hard. I haven't run consecutive miles in the 6:50's since my 5k PR in 2011! But it felt GOOD to work that hard. I was pushing right up again my capability with that last mile.
As for the Whole30....well, it's going. It's actually not bad or terribly hard when we are eating at home. We've cleared the house of things we shouldn't eat, and we are both familiar enough with paleo rules and recipes to make some delicious food....
|Grilled seafood and veggies with PaleOMG sweet potato & chive biscuits|
|NomNomPaleo's Kahlua pork, baked sweet potato and green beans|
But I went out of town to visit my parents for Easter and that was HARD. My mom keeps candy in bowls all around the house! But worse than that was eating out. I tried so hard to remain compliant, but things snuck in. For example, I found a compliant meal at Panera, only for them to add pesto to it which was not compliant...but I didn't realize until I'd already eaten it. I also ordered a baked sweet potato at dinner only to take a bite and find out they'd added sugar to it. I scraped it away, but I really struggled mentally with what that meant for me...is that "failure"?
Patrick and I talked about it and he reminded me that we are just doing this for our own edification and to become better athletes. There's no need for me to freak out about messing up something that I am doing alone, for myself. I don't have anything to prove. I messed up accidentally but I stopped as soon as I realized it, so the only thing for me to do is move on. It's not like I fell face first into a cookie jar or intentionally chose to deviate from the plan. So I'm still calling this "Day 8."
I will admit...we struggled like CRAZY yesterday. We were both having the most intense sugar cravings. It was ridiculous. But with the help of some dried fruit and almond butter, we didn't kill each other or eat an entire pint of ice cream, although Patrick kept saying he wanted to punch people in the face (haha). Fortunately, I think I've turned a corner at least. It's a little early for "Tiger Blood" (that's supposed to be Day 16), but I've been insanely productive today! I hope this means things are looking up. I'm ready to start seeing some results!
Am I the only person who feels like cutback weeks are the most sluggish weeks? I'm actually looking forward to hard training again.
Any good Whole30 recipe suggestions?