So did you end up cashing in (more like cashing out ha!) on some of the Running Day deals? T & I are in for RnR New Orleans (Feb) and Georgia Marathon (March) for 2014! Two new cities, two new states, two new marathons, lots more fun. Anyways, I added that and a few other goodies to my schedule (NYC!).
So last week was my last week of actual “training.” I’m currently in taper week and with lack of running, I have to warn, I haven’t been the most pleasant. Does anyone ever feel like a royal b— when you don’t get a workout in? I guess drug addicts would say the same thing on their withdrawal symptoms. I’ve been too cautious of cross-training because I don’t want to make my other muscles sore. However, I plan on picking up with swimming and biking after the 50 miler since I have a sprint triathlon a month away! (Oops forgot to add that to the calender).
Anyways, last week. Last week felt great and I have to confess, the biggest struggle was keeping my mileage down. The problem is that when you start running high mileage weeks, after a while they become easier, and you feel great so you want to keep going, more running, faster, longer, stronger. Problem is, this “great” feeling is a GREAT way to get a one way ticket to Injury City. You start to skip your easy runs, you start to skip your rest days and before you know it, instead of feeling great, you feel pain. So instead, I have to remind myself to take a step back. To slow down and focus on my goal for June 14th. Taper isn’t just a one week process, for it to be effective it should be done gradually and that’s what I tried to do while fighting my addictive nature to run more.
Monday – 2 Miles
I felt guilty about taking a rest day since I didn’t feel like the Spartan race counted as running miles on Sunday. However, every muscle besides my legs hurt. The humidity and my smarter half of the brain feeling guilty about not taking a rest day made me cut the run at 7:short.
Tuesday – 21 Miles
Double duty run. 8 miles in the morning and 13.1 in the evening! 8 miles on incline 2, 7:50 pace felt great. A little less great in the evening run, with barely 8:30 pace.
Wednesday – 8.35 miles
Kept it slow with a 9 minute pace to try to recover from Tuesday
Thursday – Rest Day
Was too busy to run so rested it up instead
Friday – 5 miles
8 minute pace, but forced myself to keep it short
Saturday -14.1 Miles
Debated on how far too run. I didn’t want to take my run too long and not feel my best less than a week later. I decided 14 miles was a fair compromise.
5 miles. Struggled once again to not run too much. Felt weird but fun to take an easy weekend!
Total Miles 55.5
Total Feelings – Antsy! I want to get my 50 miler done! Nerve-wrecked!