Well, last week was a pretty big week for me. I celebrated working at my currently company for one year, ran 30km on a treadmill and logged my longest mileage week ever! With 8 weeks remaining until race day I’m thinking I may have found my stride?
I’m scared I may jinx myself by saying that, but I will say I had a pretty great week of training. Finally. And the weather didn’t always cooperate, either.
|Monday||7k easy||8km easy|
|Tuesday||5x1km speed||Done. Total mileage 11.2km|
|Thursday||15km tempo||4km. Whomp whomp.|
|Friday||12k easy||12.8km tempo|
|Saturday||7k easy||8.5km easy|
|Sunday||29k long||4km 😦|
Total planned mileage: 80km. Total actual mileage: 48.5. Not great, but not awful. Still more than last week.
I. Am. Pumped. About this past week. Truly. So awesome! Thursday didn’t feel great. I know I don’t warm up until I hit about the 2 mile mark, so I waited until I hit 2.5 miles before making any decisions. I had a niggle that just wouldn’t go away. Right at the moment I was about to stop, my phone rang and it was a friend having a work crisis, so I showered, picked up sandwiches and beer and met my friend for dinner.
Sunday. Oh Sunday. I mentally prepared to do the run on the treadmill because the weather just looked like it wasn’t going to cooperate. Everything I did on Saturday was to prep for my 30km run on Sunday. I made sure to hydrate and fuel well and went to bed early. I woke up and debated running outside as I didn’t look too awful; however, there was a lot of snow accumulation and the weather only continued to get worse. I gathered all my supplies (water, gels, phone, iPad) and headed to the gym. For some reason my body just didn’t want to cooperate. My legs felt fine; however, I felt weak, was overly sweaty and was shaky and dizzy. I kept with my rule of running a minimum of 2 miles before deciding, but similar to Thursday I needed to stop. I felt like I couldn’t catch my breath and like I just needed to sit and rest.
Lately I’ve been giving myself not much time in the mornings of my runs. I think in the future I’ll need to wake up 90 minutes before my run so I can eat more than a few dates and give my body some time to wake up before asking it to run.
Here’s what week 10 looks like…
|Tuesday||4 x 1200m speed|
Total planned mileage: 80km
Looking at the rest of my plan, it seems like nearly every week will be roughly 80km until race day. Gulp.
I really felt successful in this past week, so that’s helping give me some confidence for the remainder of my training. I know I’ll need to concentrate on eating the right foods, stretching, massage (I went for one on Sunday!) and sleep. Lots and lots of sleep.
Tell me: What’s the longest mileage week you’ve had?
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