Starting from the bottom


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This week was all about getting healthy. I cut my mileage, and didn’t do workouts. That actually timed really well with crappy weather in Portland. It snowed a bunch, so the team wasn’t meeting for workouts anyway.

Also, I made an appointment with my PCP as soon as I got back (*plug* I have a primary care physician now for the first time since childhood and it’s GREAT, so much better than the scattershot approach with visiting urgent cares. Thank you to Julia and Emma for suggesting that I establish a relationship😘❤️). We tested for pneumonia, which I guess is a worry this year if you have chest congestion after the flu. Thankfully nothing there. Other than that, blood-work shows high lymphocytes, which just indicates fighting a virus. Sucks that there’s not much to do in that case aside from rest. But I did rest!!

Runs over the weekend felt better. The altitude boost is in effect. My legs are kind of achy still, but I’m hoping that continues to improve. And I’m looking forward to getting back on a group schedule this week.

Photo by David Bracetty

You win some, you lose some


You really lose some…

I ran at @usatf indoor champs yesterday. Suffice to say it wasn’t an ideal race. I’m not reading too much into one result, but I am using it as the starting point for a weekly training update. I’ll post a progress update on my IG each week on Sundays (or Monday if it’s a holiday weekend 😊). There have been a lot of changes over the past 4 months and I don’t want to make people text me or wait for race interviews to hear how it’s going. Also, I’m learning a lot and want to share things. ⠀ ⠀

To begin… Lessons from last week:
– You can never fully control getting sick, but I could use a self-evaluation on hygiene and nutrition, to make sure I am doing everything in my power to stay healthy.
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– And this is just another reminder that adaptive planning is usually better than stubborn adherence to numbers. Whenever I hold too tightly to mileage counting it bites me in the bum. Last week even though I missed a workout, I kept up high mileage through a fever. I was trying to maintain fitness with an eye toward World Champs. But in retrospect, slogging through slow miles does nothing in the week before a major race. And it’s a pointless use of energy that could be going toward getting healthy.
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Of course I can never know if that would have made a difference. But I’m going to say this is my reminder for any future unforeseen circumstances this year… when something throws you off your plan for the week, in most situations, it’s better to re-adjust the plan. Cramming miles at the end of the week puts unneeded stress on the body that doesn’t know the difference between 67 and 70 anyway.
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And in vein of practicing gratitude, I’m grateful that I was given this lesson (again!!😑) with only a bruised ego, not injured body. ⠀ ⠀
To end on a positive note, it’s inspiring seeing @shelbo800 and @steeple_squigs crush their events at US indoors. I hate not being there yet, but it reminds me to trust the process. It’s been great getting to know them and @mariellehalll better over the past week in ABQ. Now, it’s back to Portland and sea level. 🙃

Photo by Jess Barnard