Woohoo! 90 miles in the books!
Thankfully I was able to follow my plan as I had laid out for myself last week. The first couple of days were a little rough, but after that things went quite well. Unfortunately though my upper hamstring (adductor) muscle gave me some problems at the end of the week, so I need to be extremely careful going into this next week. I also have to say I’m glad I don’t take pictures of everything I ate this week because I’d be pretty embarrassed to admit how much I ate (especially on Friday)!
Here’s how my week looked:
AM – 9 miles/1:12
Okay run. I could tell my legs were sore and fatigued from racing and running so much on Saturday and Sunday.
PM – 30 minutes weight lifting
Glad I didn’t have to run today after work, but wow, were my legs fatigued even at the gym! I did what I could for weight lifting. I did an ice bath in the evening, and it did wonders for my legs!
AM – 9 miles with tempo run/1:10
I wasn’t able to do the tempo run as fast as I would have liked. I was still feeling quite fatigued from the past three days, so I did an easy run “out” and came back at a faster pace. My pace on the way back was around 7:35-7:40 minutes/mile whereas my normal tempo pace should be around 7:00.
PM – 4 miles/32:41
Slow with a bloated stomach. Not enjoyable, per se, but not every run can be great.
AM – 14 miles/1:52
Didn’t worry about my pace. Took it easy and enjoyed the beautiful sunrise and moose spotting.
PM – 30 minutes weight lifting
Much more productive lifting session.
AM – 11 miles with 6 x 1 mile repeats/1:25
I had planned to do 5 mile-repeats, but I looked back at my log book from last year (I track all my runs in a log book.) and saw I had done 6 mile-repeats last spring, so I figured I was definitely capable of 6 today. They were tough, but it was also good to get a good hard workout in
PM – 5 miles/40:42
Took this run nice and easy. I could tell my legs were fatigued from the morning’s run, and I’m sure lifting played a role as well.
AM – 8 miles/1:05
Easy run in the rain.
Long runs still intimidate me. As with any long run, it was tough, but still good nonetheless. I ended up with an average pace of 7:40 minutes/mile, so I was happy about that.
First 3 miles were a little rough, but then my legs seemed to warm up a bit. My hamstring was not feeling so good at first. Another run in the rain.
Total: 90 miles
I have made a slight change in my race schedule for the summer. Originally I was going to try and run the Moose’s Tooth Marathon in August and the Kenai River Marathon at the end of September, but I’ve decided not to run Moose’s Tooth Marathon in August. I thought that would be too much, plus I wanted to keep running high mileage while I can. Instead I am going to run the Skinny Raven Half-Marathon—still part of the Big Wild Life Runs event this next weekend.
I am going to taper this week in hopes of PRing at the half-marathon. I would LOVE to break 1:30 in the half-marathon and am confident I can accomplish that with the help of a taper week. I’m planning to log about 65 miles for the week. But after that it is back to the upper 80s, 90s, and eventually 100 miles.
Best wishes for a wonderful week!