Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Missing: One run

In my couch to 5k program, I made it through weeks 1 to 6 without getting behind in training. For the past six weeks I’ve religiously been getting my three runs per week in.

But this is week 7, and unfortunately I’ve officially missed a run for the week. Ugh!

This week I didn’t work out with the trainer on Monday – our trainer was out of town PLUS it was St. Patrick’s day. The plan was to work out last night (Tuesday) instead, which would keep me on track if I did the Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday/Monday schedule. But did I run yesterday? NO.

Instead, I cleaned the house. I couldn’t ignore the building chaos anymore. With working so much lately it was getting out of control … and yes, I’m here all the time, but when I work from home I’m working, not cleaning. If I could have done a run in the neighborhood I probably would have squeezed my run in, but it was raining like mad and I didn’t manage to get myself to the gym.

I’m quite annoyed at myself this morning. My options are to let myself fall behind in training, or to do two runs in a row without a rest day, which isn’t recommended. I’ve never tried to do two runs in a row – at this point in training it means I’d be running 25 minutes two days in a row. Yikes. Neither option sounds good to me, so … who knows. I’m going to see how the week plays out, see how I feel, and decide what to do based on that.

Not good news on the C25k front. Assuming I don't run two days in a row, I’ll still finish in time for my 5k, but I won’t have as much extra time to build speed and endurance.

On a brighter note, I just heard that a new work laptop is ready for me. Yaaaaaaaaay! I won’t be online tomorrow, as I’ll need to drive into the closest office and get that squared away.


CDJ said...

Don't be so hard on yourself. Missing one run in 7 weeks isn't so bad, if you think about it. Sometimes circumstances work against us, despite our best intentions. And I'm sure it felt good to have a clean house, so that's not a bad tradeoff :-) You're doing great!

p.s. You've been tagged!

Kate said...

Missing one run is not a big deal, ease up on yourself a little bit, just don't let that 1 run turn into 3 or 4 or 5!

Katy said...

I agree! Skip the workout and move on. You body will do just fine.

sauchagirl said...

I think it's better to miss the workout rather than run with no rest day and risk injury. You are so close now. You don't want to compromise your health.

MomOf3 said...

Congratulations on the new laptop! Have fun with it! I agree, don't be so hard on yourself. Sometimes life gets in the way of running. What can you do? :)

Aaron Cunningham said...

I missed one run in my CouchTo5K journey and it didn't seem to be a problem. I'd just write it off and do the next run in the sequence.

Anonymous said...

I missed my run last night too. I really wanted to run outside but it just rained and rained. And I really didn't want to go to the gym.

Lynn said...

CHAOS! Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome!

I've been working on flylady this year (along with my myriad other self-improvement tasks - losing weight, getting more exercise, letting go of unused emotional baggage and NOT letting people walk all over me.... busy year!) and it's really helped a lot to trim the clutter out of my life and help get me more organized.

You might want to take a look at it. If nothing else, it gets you thinking differently about your stuff.

Anonymous said...

Oh, that is frustrating...however, I do think you've done so amazingly at this whole process. Hey, at least you don't keep getting sick and having to redo Week 1 like, you know, some people. Heh. :-)

It's really hard to find a balance between work, keeping home together, and doing your healthy stuff. I've found that something always seems to be sliding...I guess the key is to make sure that it's not the same thing sliding, week after week. It's like juggling really, and it can be exhausting.

It's okay though. Give yourself a hug and a pat on the back for how far you've come, and just pick your schedule back up. I don't think the missed run will break you. You're doing so great!


Run Runner said...

My solution to slipping up and going four days without running was to commit to myself that I would run every other day. That way I am doing four runs a week rather than three, but never have to run on consecutive days (gotta let the bod heal!). It seems to be working... you can do it!