My mileage this week has been absolutely pathetic. I've been gradually increasing my mileage in anticipation of running my first ever marathon at the Standard Chartered KL Marathon in June. This week I only managed a measly 29K which in my opinion is chicken feed! I've downloaded a marathon training plan from Runners World a few months back but totally ditched it deciding to follow my instinct and my own capabilities.
It's really hard to follow a prearranged plan when your work commitments get in the way, especially in the line of work I'm in. Work comes in at the very last minute just when you're packing to go home for a run or having to go back to work in the middle of the night to supervise and help out with installation work. Most days by the time I'm back, I'm either too exhausted from work or time just doesn't permit me to go the distance. Then there is the weather factor as well.
I could go out running much later at night after getting home from work or even in the mornings before work (which is kinda difficult for a sleepy head like me) but I don't want to be doing junk miles just for the sake of putting in the mileage without it doing some good for my performance.
I have this philosophy, if I'm going to run, I want to maximize the run and get the full benefits of the run instead of just running aimlessly to add the miles which in the end won't do me any good in improving myself. I like to come back, look at my data and see where I can improve to make my runs more efficient. You can ask the wife, she's probably fed up of listening to my ramblings about my pace, heart run, strides, etc, etc, after each run ... LOL!
Which is why I'm kinda disappointed over this week's mileage. The week has been stressful work wise which saw me having to forgo some planned run sessions which in turn resulted in poor mileage. I've always strictly followed Jamie's 'time on feet' advice as part of my training to prepare for my marathon and hardly being able to put in decent runs is no way that advice is going to be beneficial.
I try to put in decent, beneficial miles during the work week and reserve the Sunday's for a nice long run but sometimes the tension and stress of the lousy work week just sticks with you like a huge burden on your shoulders and you end up hitting the wall and no matter how much pleading, screaming and threats you throw at your legs, it'll just refuse to budge, like what happened today.
A planned 25K was cut short to only 14K cos I just couldn't push on anymore. The way I felt today during the run has left me really doubtful about my capabilities to run the marathon, let alone complete it. I was huffing and puffing by the 5th KM and by the 10th KM, I was wondering when this torture would end. At the 14th KM when I saw the wife, I decided to call it quits and join her for a nice long walk back to the car.
It's days like these when I really doubt my capabilities and whether I'm really up to the challenge of running a marathon. The SCKLM is just four months away and I've still got a lot of hard work to put in to even dream of crossing that finish line let alone get a decent timing, which would be a bonus.
Good thing tomorrow is an official rest day and I'm looking to doing some better and much longer runs next week, work and weather permitting that is. If only I was working in a nice, regular 9-5 job, now that would be awesome for my running plans!