I have been feeling really tired all week this week. As a result I have been going to bed much earlier than usual and getting more hours of sleep per night. Yesterday evening after work I felt too tired to drive to any trails for my 8 mile run. I also felt too tired to deal with running on the roads around our house and dodging cars. Chances are I would look right at an oncoming car, but not register it, and then I’d probably get run over (no shoulders on our roads, so I usually have to get in the grass when a car goes by).
|Not the place you’d want to run when you’re too tired to react to a car|
Oddly enough I didn’t feel too tired to actually complete my run. So I ran 8 miles with Sven, just like on Wednesday. Things got a little rough around 2.5 miles and I actually wanted to take a walk break. I told myself “just make it to 4 miles and you can take a short walk break.” But instead, when I got to 4 miles, I ate two Shot Bloks and powered on. I decided I needed to practice mentally and physically pushing on and continuing to run even when I’m feeling fatigued. So that’s what I did and I actually ended up feeling pretty good the final 3 miles.
I can connect the dots on why I am feeling so worn out. I am coming off of 39 miles last week (a weekly mileage PR) and going right into my first of two peak weeks. So far this week I have run 24 miles in 3 days of running. Although each run has gone pretty well, it’s still a lot for me and I’m definitely feeling it. Today is a rest day and then tomorrow is my first of two 20 mile long runs. I am a bit nervous but I’m also looking forward to reaching this milestone.
It’s normal for me to feel tired during a peak week of marathon training, right? I don’t think I’m crossing over into the realm of overtraining. I’m not fighting lead legs, I haven’t lost interest in training (although sometimes it’s a bit daunting), and I’m not having trouble sleeping. But at the same time this is all new to me and I’m not sure if I’m over doing it. I guess if I crash and burn on my 20 miler, then I’ll know. And if that happens it won’t be the end of the world. I have another one on the schedule in two weeks. That one will be my last long run before I start tapering.
Do you wear a watch when you run/walk on the treadmill?
I have started wearing my Timex stopwatch, because I can’t ever remember my time for a run and I like to record it in my running log.
If you have trained for a marathon (or any long race) how did you feel during your peak week of training?
Any tips/tricks/advice/encouragement for the 20 miler would be greatly appreciated!!