I’m posting this on the day of the Boston Marathon, so I feel obligated to mention that. I know that my co-worker/marathon training plan creator/unofficial coach finished. He had been injured and didn’t train as much as he had hoped, and when I talked to him last week, he was actually kind of unsure whether he’d finish. I think his time was a little slower than he would have liked, but he did finish almost 90 minutes faster than my marathon PR, so there’s that.
As for me, I managed to increase my mileage while (for the most part) slowing the bleep down.
Weight Check: 164.5, up 1.2 pounds since last week. This was kind of a perfect storm. I had to do my weigh-in on Saturday morning due to travel, and before my long run, but after a party on Friday night. Over the course of the week, my weight stayed fairly steady, and I suspect it would have come back down at least a little bit Sunday morning. I still drank too much Mountain Dew, but the rest of the week wasn’t too bad. Even at the party, I did better than I have in the past. So I guess it could be a whole lot worse.
Total: 32.85 miles
Monday my legs didn’t feel great, which may have been the result of me running in the previous week just a little faster than I should have. Still, I finished strong, and overall, it was a decent run.
Tuesday my legs still felt a little tired, but I took it easy until the end, then finished strong. So I’d say it was a good run.
Wednesday I gave my legs a break, but not my mind, and did my weekly
brain punishment treadmill run. My legs were OK. I gradually sped up over the course of the run, so it went pretty well.
Friday my legs felt better. I guess the combo of a treadmill day and a rest day helped. Not a bad run.
Saturday was the one run where I may have gone a little too fast at times. I was planning on driving up to see my parents after my run, so I guess I subconsciously wanted to finish my run a little sooner. Also, it started to get a little warm near the end of the run. I still finished strong.
If I was just going by how many miles I did the rest of the week, and used the 2:1 ratio of weekday miles to long run miles, I could have handled an 11 mile long run, but I figured I’d be better off staying at 10 miles.
So, overall, I’m pretty happy with how the week went. I had my slowest average pace in a week since the week after the Charlotte 10 Miler. This time, I wasn’t recovering from race, I was just trying to give my legs a little bit of a break, and I think it worked.
Next week, I’m attending the Charlotte March For Science on Saturday, so I’ll have to push my long run back to Sunday. Other than that (and doing my Monday run at my parents’ house, which I’ll say more about next week), it should be a pretty normal week. (Well, normal if you think running 30+ miles in a week is normal.)