I love reaching a goal! This week was hard, but the hard work paid off in my first 70+ mile week! I’ve been in the 60’s before but never for long, maybe a week here and a week there, but never broken the 70 mark so this is a real milestone for me (pun intended).
I had a few really awesome runs this week, even with the weather being spotty compared to the last few weeks. I was able to do 3 days of 2-a-day this week, which I think is about the right number, 4 will be good once in a while, and it’s okay if I end up with 2 some weeks, but I know I can keep three consistent and not be over exerting myself.
Run 1: 7.55 miles in 59 minutes. Truly slept in for the first time in weeks, so this was a late start (12:30 in the afternoon) on a cloudy afternoon. I had a decent easy pace (considering my 16 miler the morning before) and I could feel this would be a great week. Did an hour of upper body at the gym afterwards.
Run 2: 5.28 miles in 44 minutes, picked too hilly of a route and over exerted myself a little (a lesson I should have learned from last Sunday, but I was just too ambitious!) I had the bad moodiness/jerkiness that I associate with too much training and not eating quickly/enough afterwards. Lesson learned, if I’m doing a time consuming dinner I need to drink some Gatorade-like beverage or a chocolate milk right after the 2nd run.
Run: Workout! 10.33 miles in 1:17, I could not will myself to get out of bed this morning so wound up skipping my planned morning speedwork followed by lower body at the gym. I didn’t want to miss 70 again this week so I got myself out after work: 2.5 mile warmup 3X800 (sub 6’15” mile pace on the intervals) and then took it pretty easy to finish out the 10 miler.
Run 1: 7.39 mile in 57 minutes, easy pace, beautiful morning, was a bit hard to get moving considering the hard evening workout I had the night before, but I kept in the fast end of my “easy run” pace
Run 2: 5.71 miles in 48 Minutes, slow run in the rain. This run solidified my love of running in the rain, I thought I only liked it when I could wear headphones and ignore how soaked I get, but I genuinely love it! There were a bunch of great vistas, because the sun was getting low over the Olympics and shining under the clouds, through the rain. Even got a rainbow out of it.
Run 1: Workout! 7.45 miles in 53 minutes, kicked my butt! 1.5 miles to warm up, 3xMile intervals at 6’15” pace followed by 2 miles or so of cooldown, these longer intervals really take more mental fortitude than the 400 or 800s, I have to push through the burn to keep pace and I love it.
Run 2: 5.57 miles in 43 minutes, Had trouble keeping my pace down, I was on my old 5 miler route from my last bout of race training and I kept having to consciously throttle down, It’s difficult to remember that going slow is sometimes good for you.
Rest: My usual rest day walk, (4 miles) in the rain for a good chunk of it so I didn’t get to read like I usually do.
Run: Tempo workout! I warmed up for 15 minutes, did 45 minutes at about 6’40” a mile and then had a 12 minute or so cooldown, Tempo runs are always hard but I always feel so pumped after, they really get me jazzed and make for an awesome start to a day.
Run: 15.87 miles in 2:07. I’m hating these early starts on Saturday, but with my current schedule if I want a long run I’ve got to get up around 6 to do it. I got out the door late but still managed to do the 15+ I was shooting for. Missed my ice bath because of timing, but I didn’t see/feel any issues from it after.
I ran 75.23 miles, over 6 days of running, with an average pace of 7’43”. I ran farther and faster this week than the last! I’m hoping for another faster week this week but probably won’t add any significant additional distance for a few weeks. I’ll most likely be staying between 70 and 80 miles at least until June, then we’ll see if I’m ready for a mileage boost.