Confession: I didn’t hit my mileage target last week, even though I’m no longer sick. I can’t say I’m back to being 100% healthy — my lung capacity still feels compromised — but I’m finally breathing out of both nostrils and my snot rocket blowing days are behind me. So why didn’t I run all 44 miles according to plan? Well, let’s see… on Tuesday, I only managed 1.3 miles around the block because of stomach problems/sleeping in/running late for work. On Wednesday, I skipped my run entirely so that I could prepare for a presentation on Thursday morning. Thursday came around and I finally got 5 miles in with a fun run with Kate and Jess on Wildcat Creek Trail.
I added a “bonus run” of 3.2 miles on Friday morning (usually my rest day) so that, even if I didn’t hit my planned weekly mileage, at least I’d be hitting the same number of runs for the week (5). #runnerOCD
On Saturday, I went on a great but tough run up Mt. Tamalpais with Kate and Cathryn, which was definitely the highlight of the week. On Sunday, I slept in and went to dim sum instead of waking up early for a trail run, but I paid for it by running in the midday heat. Between Saturday and Sunday’s trail runs, I managed to log ~22+ miles with ~3500′ of elevation gain/loss. I’d say that’s quality over quantity right there.
As you might be able to tell, my energy and motivation levels are pretty low right now. I feel a big part of it is lingering laziness/fatigue from being sick, because I’m also feeling less motivated at work and at home. Another possible factor is that, by completing a trail marathon last week while I was sick (i.e., accomplishing a big task while feeling like absolute crap), I feel ready for Big Basin…to the extent that I no longer feel like training. While it’s technically true that I wouldn’t have to train very hard to *complete* Big Basin, I also don’t want to suffer very much, so I know I should try to adhere to my training schedule as much as possible.
Luckily, it’s less than 4 weeks until race day(!!), and only one week of “real” training before taper, so all of this hand-wringing is pretty much moot. 50k training will be over before I know it — and y’all are probably looking forward to that day as much as I am. Going forward with the remainder of training, I’ll continue to aim to run 5 times a week, but I won’t be a slave to mileage – with the exception of this weekend’s last 20-miler. 😉 I might even throw in a few fartleks and fast finishes just to keep things interesting.