So much for the ten percent rule...I went from a mileage PR of forty miles two weeks ago to forty-seven miles last week! I think I need to take it a little easier this week so I don't over do it. But as I take an inventory of how I feel, I think I am recovering pretty well.
Here is a recap of the week:
Monday- Six miles. A nice run in the rain. It was a hilly route and I took it easy. It was my first inclement weather running in a while. Since the hard stuff didn't come down until later in the day, it was quite enjoyable.
Tuesday- Ten miles. I usually don't get this long of a run in during the week, but I used my free time during preschool to make up for the lack of long runs over the weekend.
Wednesday- Rest. I normally don't rest on Wednesdays, but I was feeling tired and starting to get a sore throat Tuesday night and didn't want to push it. I feel like I did the right thing listening to my body.
Thursday- Five miles.
Saturday- A nice run in the rain. Kelly and I set off to run between ten and twelve miles. We both had a deadline to be home. Neither one of us got into a groove right away. We met up with some of our running buddies and ran with them for a couple of miles before having to head back. We ended up running ten miles. I made it back around 8, showered, got the kids dressed and headed out to have breakfast with Santa.
Sunday- My husband had to work all weekend and had to be in very early on Sunday. There was no way I was getting in a long run. I asked my brother and sister-in-law if my kids could hang out with their cousin for a few hours. They were happy to host a playdate for the cousins and I headed off along the Santa Ana River for a fifteen mile run. It takes a village.
I already had a lot of miles for the week, but I had yet to do a real LONG run during this training cycle. I wanted to push it past thirteen miles (my threshold between long runs and REALLY long runs). It wasn't easy, but it was a nice run. I spent the first hour or so listening to the end of an audiobook.* After that, I just zoned out to some good music.
I wanted to test my fitness level a bit, so I decided to run a couple of miles at a quicker pace. I did mile twelve at half-marathon race pace and mile thirteen at marathon race pace. I miscalculated my route and hit a steep hill at the end of mile twelve. Where I had hoped to run under 8:30, it ended up being closer to 8:35. I felt pretty toast at the end of that mile pushing up that hill. However, the next mile felt pretty easy and it ended up faster than marathon pace at 8:56. The rest of the mile splits were between 9:30 and 10:00, which is right where I wanted to run. I felt pretty good that my 44th and 45th miles of the week (and 22nd and 23rd of the weekend) could be pushed like that.
It was a good week. This week, on the other hand, is starting out pretty slow. But that's ok. I know I'll make it up along the way.
*I listened to Born To Run by Christopher McDougall. AWESOME book. I loved every minute of it. I will probably be buying it in paperback, just to reread down the road. I highly recommend this book.