T-3 Weeks: Big Miles
This is the peak of my training with the highest mileage of the plan. I am blessed this week to have a healthy, injury-free body to work as hard as possible. My speedwork was unenjoyably awesome, my Tempo run had my face flushed and splotchy after a great push at the end. My long run was a lesson in trusting my training, and my easy run the day after taught me that I can push myself much farther than I thought. These were BIG miles for me, a HUGE confidence booster of a week.
Holiday Monday! Victoria Day! Literally did nothing.
11km in the rain and wind. Almost had to call it off when I saw thunder and lightning in the afternoon. Got in 7 strides though! Several into the wind (gusts to 50km/hr!) in my new value village rain jacket…which turns out doesn’t actually repel water, and because it’s a size too big it also acts like a sail when the wind picks up! Oh well, only a $15 mistake. Have I mentioned I think hate speed work?
11km, potentially in the rain again. Had to do a Tempo run for lack of hills. Not wearing the sail! So I pulled out the old winter coat – well that got pretty hot when the sun came out 3km into the run LOL. Around 5km, my cell was really bouncing around in my pocket. 6km, way too hot, took off my neck warmer and held it in one hand, holding the cell in the other. By 7km I finally wrapped the neck warmer around my wrist and made a mock-cell-holder. (Problem solved – I don’t know how anyone runs with water bottles in hand.) It wasn’t until 2/3 through the run I finally got myself sorted out, by then my energy had been drained. Managed to squeeze out a good pace though, despite lack of concentration!
And another Sens game….won’t be any more of those though, sadly. They’re off to Florida to play golf for the summer (stupid Pens).
33km aka my 20-miler! I’m volunteering at a water station for Ottawa Race Weekend on Sunday, so I figured I should get the long run out of the way instead of doing it after standing for 6 hours. I turned off the volume again on my runkeeper and just let my pace guide me, since I won’t have those updates on the marathon course. I definitely went out too hard but it was manageable. The second loop was a bit tough, the battle between good and bad aches was ongoing, but “good” aches kept winning and I kept pushing harder. My feet are tougher, except for the gravel that keeps getting me in the SAME PLACE on my foot!!! [I think some trail shoes are in order after this marathon.] Around the 30th km I started to wonder WHY. I was killing my legs, telling my body to quit bitching and just do it, and for what?! By the 32nd km I realized…it’s because I want to be “too tough to kill”.
11km of cruel and unusual punishment. The takeaway was, I am strong enough to complete the distance on tired legs if necessary. PRO of doing a short run the day after a long run: you really do take it easy, your body gives you no choice. CON: It hurts. It’s not really very enjoyable, however therapeutic a shakeout run may be. Call me old, but long runs are henceforth officially followed by a day of rest. Period.
Goal for Next Week: Do my prescribed core exercises everyday, like the doctor ordered. I am STILL only doing it half as often as I should!