It’s getting so close!!! The week before peak week is over and the last big hurdle is peak week, then it’s all down hill! 36 more miles this week and I am still exhausted. It was a long, bad week at work and all the miles just left me absolutely drained. It was a struggle but I got all the miles done and kept my streak alive.
Monday: 5 miles, recovery from the race on Saturday, which I actually wasn’t too bad so that’s a bonus. I think I am recovering from longer workouts way faster than ever before which makes me feel more like a real runner than my runs sometimes.
Tuesday: 9 grueling miles of speedwork. I actually had to split this one too and do the last mile later in the night because we had a family engagement to celebrate A’s birthday (only a few weeks late due to everyone constantly being sick). So I ran a mile warm up, then 4 min fast and one slower for seven miles. Then I stopped to go eat cake and came back and did a slow cool down mile. I wish all my runs had a cake intermission!!
Wednesday: 5 miles of recovery. I don’t know what the deal with the last two runs was, but I have this issue with my legs where I try and stretch as I run because no matter how much I stretch before they feel tight and uncomfortable. It just takes over my brain and it’s all I can think about so I had 5 really uncomfortable miles. Maybe I need to foam roll before and after all runs? Could that help?
Thursday: Rest. Once again supposed to be cross training but I am still so tired that I just couldn’t do it. I rested and went to a work meeting which ended up being super stressful. I guess if I really had my shit together I would have worked out to sweat the stress away! Fail, maybe next time. I will really try to do better this week.
Friday: 5 more miles. I am getting used to this 5 mile maintenance run thing. I am constantly thinking about what my plan will be after training and think maybe a 5 – 4 – 3 on MWF respectively and still have a speed workout and long run on Tu and Sa respectively. I do like having a routine because that keeps me motivated and accountable, but I do like to have a little flexibility for when things get crazy. My problem is that if you give me an inch I will take a mile and a flexible plan will turn into not running with any consistency at all. Another thing I will have to work on.
Saturday: 12 painful miles. I shamefully did these inside because I had an appointment to get to in the early afternoon and when I needed to start running the temps were in the teens. Yes I am certainly a fair weather runner to a fault. I really hope to get outdoors more this upcoming week, hopefully it will make peak week a little more bearable. These 12 miles were doable but long and the struggle was definitely real. I wish I lived in CA again where there are endless trails and the weather is warm most of the year to run outside. Why didn’t I take advantage of that more when I lived there?? Now that I have moved away I really realize all the nice things I took for granted and kind of wish I could go back and do things again.
Sunday: Rest day. Got home from SF exhausted yesterday and just lounged and relaxed all day. It was fantastic. I do have some fun news (and hopefully pictures) to share with you next week. Sadly I didn’t take any this week so I shall leave you with the promise of a better post next time and this picture of (SURPRISE) my dog. (And an exciting announcement next week too!)
P.S. I found a Game of Thrones box set on sale at Wal Mart so I bought it and am a third of the way through the first book and I really like it so far!! It jumps around a lot but I think that helps progress it well and in a way that won’t make it become boring.