Another week of training in the books. I ran all of my miles as planned, but I did not meet my goal of doing some cross training. I need to start mixing in some cross training on some of my rest days. I had to step away from cross training for a bit, as I adjusted to higher mileage, but I know it’s important to do more than just run. This week of training will include my first of two 20 mile long runs. Any tips on how to survive or encouragement would be much appreciated!
Monday- 7 miles at the high school track, including 8 x 800m. I went out too fast on the first two and felt like I spent the last 6 repeats hanging on for dear life. I think I definitely ran this a little harder than I should have, especially two days after my first-ever 16 miler. My legs were very sore afterwards, and my calves and left IT band were sore the rest of the week.
Tuesday- Rest day.
Wednesday- 7 mile run with Sven, with the 4 middle miles at marathon pace. It’s not hard to hit MP when all you have to do is set the speed and watch ‘Pitch Perfect’ while you do some vertical running.
Thursday- 7 mile run in the evening on the Dora and New River Trails. I moved this run from Friday to Thursday in an effort to let my legs rest before Saturday’s long run. It worked out for me last week. However, there wasn’t much good about the run itself. Little things were annoying me, it was insanely buggy outside, and my legs just felt tired. My calves were also pretty sore, and had been sore since Monday’s track workout. But I got it done, and the trails themselves were nice to look at with all of the changing leaves.
Friday- Rest day, and thank goodness because it was 80 degrees when I got home from work.
Saturday- First-ever 18 miler. This run got a post of it’s own. The short and sweet is things were good until they weren’t. As expected, I got more and more fatigued until I finally gave in to my first walk break at 15.5 miles. But it’s an accomplishment for me to make it that far before taking a break. This was the longest run I’ve ever done by 2 miles, and the first long run in awhile that I ran solo.
Sunday- Rest day.
Total miles: 39 (another weekly mileage PR)
This week’s schedule:
Monday: 8 miles
Wednesday: 8 miles w/ 4 @ MP
Friday: 8 miles
Saturday: 20 miles