FML, my longest run since BDM 160 is a 10k. I wonder how most of the other finishers can do it. They still run long non-stop, even finishing the Condura Marathon a week after.
No, I am not injured. I just want to ensure my body is fully recovered and allow my mind to reset and find the joy in running longer again for the next target race.
I spent the last three weeks working out my heart instead and learned a lot.
RUN: I learned that no matter how hot it is, your feet can still push forward if your heart is in it.
For the past two weeks, I tried to keep my running fitness thru short tempo runs. I did most of it at lunchtime.
CROSSFIT: I learned that it’s not easy to do Crossfit workouts alone, you’d need the heart to really push yourself.
I went back to strength training and tried to do my back squats at home. The plates were limited to 75lbs so I just did some high reps 75% bodyweight workout.
SWIM: I learned that there’s always enough space in my heart for another sports – like swimming. (And I have to learn to love it!)
I went back to my swim sessions as soon as my chafing wounds healed. I’m still learning the basics though.
Maybe, it’s because I no longer have the 160 jitters & my muscles are more relaxed – I finally finished a lap without much tension. I made my Coach proud and he finally uttered Very Good just like my kindergarten teacher.
RACING: I learned that your heart should have focus. 102k is 10k x 10+2. It can never be 10 and 102 altogether.
One cannot actually train for 10 k and 102k at the same time especially for a mortal like me. But I’m stubborn like that.
Out of sheer excitement for the Rip the Road race and a hope to finish stronger, I tried to relearn running with a stronger pull-off. For several months, I have trained my legs to focus on a stride that would sustain me to run for 30hours max. It was a major fail! On my third rep of 200m, I felt a pull on my quads. It was a wrong move trying to nail a 40ish minute for 200 meters. After letting the pain subside, I ran easy for a few more rounds. I tried to assess which stride would cause no pain, it’s painful as i pull off the ground strong. I had to cut my run short when I saw my swollen quads. It felt like the end of the world. I wanted to kneel on the tracks and pray.
For two days, I was icing it and kneading it lightly every 2-3 hours. The swelling was gone by Friday. The muscles are still tight but I can’t miss Sunday’s Rip the Road. Besides, it might be a good gauge how it would hold up. Just don’t sprint again, Tin!
Rock Tape came in handy!
I started the race jittery. I AM! I was praying that my quads are really okay and that I would be able to race smart and look long-term ( or at my longer race).
I started really slow and pushed it only at the last 3k after crossing Ayala. Several girls were ahead of me so I wasn’t really expecting I’d defend my first place AG from the last leg. The Ayala stretch was the best part. I was in pain and would still feel tightness every time I’d pull off. But heck I just want this over!
I was in awe as I finish, time sucks but my prayers were answered. I raced smart and hopefully didn’t cause further damage to the pulled muscle last Thursday.
PRAY. Lastly, I learned that GOD’s heart is much bigger than how we see it.
He gave more than what I prayed for – a podium finish for my AG.
Other strong girls in my AG are elsewhere haha..
1st leg is after 200k, 2nd leg is after 160k, 3rd Leg will be post BDM 102. So, my only hope for a PR will be the 5th leg. (Hoping!)
LOVE. I learned that I should love my body and should not only workout the body and heart but have it checked.
I’m Off to some Intercare loving tomorrow! I would need an intense myotherapy session to remove these knots on my quads.
After a long time, I had a routine check. Thanks to Doctor Eric Pascual of Medical City. He gave me a clearance that my heart is still fine while his wife, Dra Tere told me that my facial pores needs some cleaning. They referred me to a psychiatrist when I said I’m 80-20 sure to run 102k in a few weeks. Kidding!
Happy Valentines Day, people!
Life is a continuous training to achieve this.