Tuesday, March 24, 2009

All Messed Up

This week makes my return to being a road warrior.  That also means this week my running schedule gets all moved around.   I am running the Shamrock Shuffle 8k on Sunday but I also have to find time for a long run of 16 miles and the rest of the weeks runs without too much back to back to back.  Then I completely threw myself off on Monday when I didn't find any energy or motivation to get out the door for a run.  I headed out this morning before work for a speedwork session.  Then it started raining and I was stressing myself out about having enough time to get ready for my trip so I just turned around and headed home.  Not being in the right mindset can be detrimental.  I land at a relatively normal hour in Birmingham so hopefully I will find the time and determination to finish what I started this morning once I get to the hotel.  At this rate I'll be lucky if I get any miles done this week!

I'm not sure how to run this weekends race.  Do I want a full out effort?  Or maybe I'll hang back with my friends and do the run/walk they have been doing for training?  I'm not sure how I'll feel after Friday's 16.  There is no chance for a PR based on my current running.  I found my time from the last time I did the Shuffle and it was stellar.  My competitive side will probably come out once I see everyone taking off and then I'll want to push it.  We will see though...

10 comments:

aron said...

hang in there... sometimes weeks are just all messed up. just judge how you feel after you run on friday. i have a hard time not wanting to push it in races too, but it might be fun to just hang with your friends!

tfh said...

I agree with your prediction-- whether or not you plan to race, it's very hard holding yourself back once you're out there. Good luck packing everything in this week and safe travels!

X-Country2 said...

Safe travels! I hate when my running schedule gets screwed up by life.

maria k said...

my running schedule is really messed up right now...i keep telling myself the running is more important than the schedule, so as long as i keep running, its ok.
im volunteering at the shamrock shuffle packet pick up! ill be the friendly t shirt and goodie bag distributor saturday morning.

Jess said...

I can't blame you for pushing it when you see everyone running. It's hard not too. I think you should just play it by ear on race day and see how you feel as you go!

J said...

Hope your trip goes well and you get some runs in! I am sure the race this weekend will turn out well! Good luck on the 16 miler!!

The Laminator said...

Yeah, I'm like you. It is so rare for me to be able to hang back when I see everyone flying past. I think you'll just have to play it by feel. You never can tell how you'll feel at a race until you get to the start line.

Anyway, hope you get some good training in this week!

runner26 said...

the shamrock shuffle is great! but as i remember, very crowded. that might help you keep a decent pace while not going out too fast. but either way, enjoy it! hope the weather's nice on sunday!

bill carter said...

Hi Jamie

It has been a brutal winter and you have to cut yourself a little slack based on that alone.

I say go into the race with an open mind and just enjoy yourself. Every year is different and this is an opportunity to see where you are at.

Best of luck.

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