There were 50 miles on tap for this week. 50 miles!! I have to admit to being overwhelmed and a bit scared when I first saw three 50-mile weeks on the schedule. Not only was the total mileage daunting, but the idea of running 30 miles over the weekend made me hyperventilate a little. However, as this training cycle progressed, I became more confident that I would be able to take on this first 50 mile week. And guess what? I did it — I ran all 50 miles! And I’m not dead! Hooray!
Here’s the tale of those 50 miles (“planned” workout in green/“actual” in bold):
Monday: Rest or cross-training/rest. Actually, I did lug over 60 lbs. of IKEA furniture and 15 lbs. of groceries up 2 flights of stairs. Good thing I had fueled properly with a breakfast at Saul’s in Berkeley.
Tues: 5/5. One of the better Tuesday runs in recent memory. It helped that I had a new audiobook to keep me company — Farm City by Novella Carpenter. Even though I found it only mildly interesting, it made the time fly by.
Wed: 10/10. A return to intervals! I figured that it was time for me to start working on speed work again, so I set out to run sets of 800 m with 400 m rest intervals. I had hoped that I could do 10, thereby completing a set of Yasso 800’s, but I also knew that my speed was rusty, so the plan was to reassess after a few sets. Good thing too, because after about 3-4 sets, I knew I didn’t have it in me to do 10. So I did 6 sets and ran the remaining 4 at a slight up-tempo (not all out effort). My 800 m splits: 4:16, 4:13, 4:03, 4:09, 4:06, 4:15. Average: 4:10
This was about the same as the 6 x 800’s I ran 2 months ago. I’d say at this point, my endurance is good, but I need to work on my speed.
Thurs: 5/5. Considering that I was coming off of 15 miles on Tues/Wed (with one speed session), that I drank more than 2 glasses of wine Wed night, and that I had not been sleeping well all week, I felt pretty strong on this run. My average heart rate was 126 – much lower than it has been previously for the same pace range. I wonder if I’m finally adapting. Maybe I’ll do another HR test next week.
Fri: Rest or cross-training/rest.
Sat: 10/10 trail miles with 1100′ elevation gain. I attempted to coordinate runs with various friends, but ended up doing these 10 miles solo. It was HOT, but luckily most of the trails were shaded. I also started listening to a new audiobook – How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, which is hilarious. I think I first heard about this book on Angela’s blog – so thanks for the recommendation, Angela! It was a pretty uneventful run except for a slow-motion tumble around mile 8.5. I didn’t notice until half a mile later that I gashed my ankle pretty bad. It’s tender, but nothing serious, thank goodness!
Sun: 20/20. Because it was so hot on Saturday, I set out early, hoping to beat the heat. I was fortunate to have cool, cloudy conditions through ~15 miles. At about 14.5 miles, I ran into Jane, a new Twitter friend, and we ran together and chatted for 2+ miles. It was a great run all around – my body didn’t voice any big complaints and I didn’t feel like I was going to die at the end (always a plus!), though my HR did creep up in the last couple of miles. The only downside was when I got home to discover several areas of painful chafing, which has plagued me a lot more this training cycle than for CIM. Boo.
We celebrated my run and the completion of the 50 mile week with the best chicken sandwich ever (not an exaggeration).
Wrap-Up: 50 miles/50 total. To say that I’m satisfied and happy with this week’s workouts is a huge understatement. It’s not the first time I’ve said this during this training cycle, but it will be the last: this was my biggest weekly mileage EVER. I’m feeling a little sore and tired right now, and it will be interesting to see if/what new “sensations” set in in the following days.
On tap next week: Cut-back week! Oh, and I’m running a half marathon on Saturday. NBD.