I have come to realize that I need to have goals or else my running and lifting tend to have no direction whatsoever. Sure, it is fun to have days where I can just do what I “feel” like doing training wise. But too many days like that in a row and things start to go south for me.
I trained for my 10k for about 2 months. I know that is a long time for a race of that length, but it was great having a plan for each day. Now I am back to the point where I don’t have any set goals and no plan. I’m in No Man’s Land.
My lower body lifting has definitely taken a backseat during these past few weeks. At this point, I am only doing lower body every eight days or so. The reason is because it really aggravates my IT band, and then it is sore of the rest of the day. It’s very frustrating because while my lower body wasn’t super strong, it was certainly stronger than it is now. It is so frustrating because I have all the motivation and energy in the world to lift, it’s just so achy after that it doesn’t seem worth it. I do my due diligence (or “due dil as Paul calls it) stretching and foam rolling and all that jazz. That definitely helps on a running day but not so much for squatting day.
If I truly had to pick a lifting goal right now, it would be to get my lower body stronger. But I feel like this nagging injury is holding me back.
As for running goals, I feel lost! I want to run a half in the spring, but it’s too early to train for that. I could do a half or a full in the meantime, but I don’t want to run a RACE in the winter. I do run outside in the freezing cold, but I don’t want to race in the freezing cold! There is the option to travel… We have A LOT of credit from United Airlines from when we had to cancel our Hawaii trip, and it has to get used somehow! I guess I could fly somewhere quick and race on a weekend and be back at my desk teaching the next day!? That seems really stressful! And expensive, even if the flight is covered.
I don’t know what the point of this post was other than to just get my thoughts out! If you have any ideas for me- lifting related, IT Band related, or how to set winter running goals when I don’t want to race in the cold- let me know!
(Sorry if I come off as a curmudgeon. After rereading this, I realize I should have titled it "I want to make goals, but instead, I make excuses.")