According to Wikipedia, doesn’t every great blogger refer to Wikipedia when they need information, a perfect storm is “a confluence of events that drastically aggravates a situation.” Or as a person who was raised in Oklahoma and have been around when the weathermen begin to go crazy weeks before storms come into the state, I begin to think of those moments when all the right things are happening to create a big weather event a perfect storm.
Now I am not saying that this week was a “perfect storm” in the form of a weather event but more of a “perfect storm” for many moments of melt down in my life. Okay maybe that is a little much but it was a tough week and this was the only way I could think of it. (If you can’t handle any whining now might be the time to step away and come back tomorrow for motivational Monday! 😉 Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)
As many of you know I am training for my 6th marathon and have tried a new training plan. This one had me doing up to 70 miles in one week. I have worked harder than ever before to get better at this crazy marathon thing. I have felt pretty good the whole time and have completed more miles in a short amount of time than ever before. For the month of April alone I ran 286.17 miles. That is more miles than I even drive in a month.
Anyway, things have been going well and I have felt very confident that this was going to be my best marathon ever! Then on Monday morning of this week (the day after my last 20 miler) I woke up with so much calf pain in my left leg, I struggled to walk and my mind took over. I started to doubt I could complete my marathon in 3 short weeks, I started to count my dreams out of ever getting a Boston Qualifying time. (Can you say, Drama queen much, I know!)
This was one ingredient to my “perfect storm”. In fact here are all the “confluence of events” that made this week my perfect storm. One: calf pain, Two: taper time – basically time to reduce the amount of running to prepare for my marathon. During this time I am usually very anxious because I start to visual the race and how I am going to handle it all and my expectations begin to really come into play. Third: hormones! For those that don’t have it, that time of the month is no cakewalk and for me I tend to be even more emotional during it. Four: added work stressors, really no need to explain that one, we all have them. Five: Turning a year older. Not really that stressful but I thought I would throw it in because it was an added event that happened this week. All the ingredients were present for the “perfect storm” in my mind this week.
I am happy to report that I survived it! I didn’t get the t-shirt but I made it through. Thank goodness I work really hard to stay motivated and in the present moment. Here are some tips for how I survived:
So I guess what I am saying is that when faced with the perfect storm, if you are prepared you can make it through. Your family me get tired of you for the week because there might be some whining, but if take a breath, take control of your mind, you can make it through.
Anyone else ever struggle with this? How did you make it through your taper time?
Ever have one of those weeks that is well planned out with a few things that might interfere only to have the things that might interfere actually take over and take control? That pretty much describes my training this past week.
Today I actually had to talk myself down from some anxiety due to the fact that for the second time this week I would not be able to put in all the miles that my plan called for. One of the thoughts that really helped was just telling myself that I am not sponsored by a company so I have to work and when work goes a little longer than planned I still have to pay the bills. Also, I have been struggling with some shoe/foot issues so those needed to be addressed this week as well and a little extra rest will be helpful or at least that is what I am saying to myself.
In saying all that, I have still been able to run every day except my rest day and will still finish the week on Sunday with mileage in the 40’s. Not as great as last week’s 68 miles but sometimes plans have to change when life interrupts….
Ever have moments/weeks like this? What did you do to get back on track?
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