In this week's edition: 28 miles, some random body weight strength work here and there, and the end of my solo act.
My last day of acting as my own unlicensed, unqualified, and uncertified trainer is today. Starting tomorrow, a professional takes over. Let me take a moment to tell you about this week's running and then I'll go more into the coaching thing.
Monday: 4.5 miles and then a trip to one of my state's new mass vaccination centers to start filling up my v card😃
Tuesday: I had a "vaccine hangover" of fatigue and brain fog that dictated a rest day. In the evening I could feel that things were starting to lift, so I decided to take a short spin and see how things felt. Verdict: a slow run of 3.25 miles definitely helped.
P.S. Side effects are out of my control and more than worth it. The only thing that I wish I had done differently is to move my arm more through out the day to see if that would have cut down on the soreness as bit. Although the soreness was worse than a flu shot, it also got better faster.
Wednesday: What a difference a day makes. As soon as the first rays of daylight hit, I was out the door for 3.5 miles.
Thursday: 5.25 miles around town.
Friday: we had a major storm in the morning to the extent that it wasn't safe to run outside and the power was flickering so it also didn't seem like a good idea to run inside. By late afternoon everything was calm so for the third time in two weeks I headed out for a run in the P.M. 4.25 miles
Saturday: this runs goes to the heart of why I'm firing myself as my coach. Honestly I probably should have just skipped my Friday run because going into a big ol' long run just over 12 hours after my previous run was a predictable flop. Yes it was a hilly route and yes it was hella windy but beyond that I was lacking pep in my step. 7.25 miles and I did 4:1 run-walk in the final two miles.
Why I'm Firing Myself as My Coach
As my own coach I've taken myself from couch to a 30:11 5k in a mere 10 years. The things that are driving me to switch over to a professional:
- The voice in my head asking much more progress I would have made by working with someone who knows what they are doing. I don't see a downside to getting help. Coaching isn't free, but it's also not that expensive. When you look at the opportunity cost of my "free" self coaching the question becomes why the heck didn't I start working with someone a long time ago???
- The train is clearly off the tracks and running in the wrong direction. 2020 was an excellent year for running and I laid down PR's right and left and got faster overall.