Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What Went Wrong Log- Part Two

This is part two of my What Went Wrong post.  The article in the November issue of Running Times talked about building a log the 21 days prior to a bad performance or injury.  After entering all the workouts the next step is to circle all the particularly stressful training days.  It says "all of your key workouts, long runs and races will be circled, as well as any day you can remember where you may have experienced a lot of stress."  Since I already run only 4 days and attempt to make each run a specific workout, I have a feeling all the runs will be circled.

There were quite a few runs circled when I was done.  The next step is to write down the life stressors in the chart.   One thing as I’m going through the log and entering data is how often I remember being tired.  Sometimes I note it, other times I don’t.  But isn’t this a condition of running outside of my comfort zone? Of pushing myself and actually having workouts?  Everyone has stressors.  I don’t want to say that my life is busier or more stressful than the next person that can handle it all AND marathon training.   I want to do well and not come up with excuses.

The final step is to "look down your rows, one by one, and circle any compromised situations.  Circle all hard workouts and races, circle all compromised recoveries, circle all increased life stress days."

The article says the poor performance should jump out at me. Uhhh, it doesn't.  I don't see that I have many days without recovery.  What I do notice though is how tired I am and the stress levels.  I need to focus on reducing the stress and only doing those activities that are essential.  I also need to kick the cat out into the garage so I can get better nights sleep.

Have any of you done a exercise similar?  Do you see something with my log that I'm missing?  (I know the picture is really small).  Or is the injury just bad luck and not related to training and life stressors?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.


Tina at Gotta Run Now said...

You wrote in your log, "dark when I fell" and my guess is that's the reason you fell and hurt your ankle. Hope you don't take it out on yourself.

Sounds like you're doing a good job at getting back to running carefully. I know it's hard!

Swim, bike, what? said...

Not quite sure I can pinpoint it - but I do love this version of tracking runs and potential mental or physical injuries.

Hope you feel better soon! Like you said, it is one foot forward, and one foot back...