This week was tough for me. I had a great tempo run on Tuesday, but that run and my run from Saturday and Sunday took it’s it’s toll on my legs and left me tired. Throw a weekend hiking trip into the mix and my mileage was way down (although if you count the hiking that’s another 27 miles). I also picked up a cold, probably from hiking in the rain for 2 days.
Monday – 4 miles in 32:40
Tuesday – 10 miles in 1:13:39 (8 mile tempo in 56:50)
Wednesday – 6 miles in 53:53
Thursday – 4 miles in 34:00
Friday – hiked 11 miles with 40 lb pack
Saturday – hiked 16 miles with 40 lb pack
Sunday - sick
Total – 24 miles
Monday I ran an easy 4 miles. I hit my foot on some furniture while working out and the side of it was bruised and hurt really bad. I was slightly worried I had broke something, but running on it proved to be almost painless so I figured it was okay. Tuesday I ran an 8 mile tempo trying to stick as close to 7 minute miles as I could. I wound up averaging 7:06 and with a mile warm-up and cool-down made 10 for the day. I had planned to double Wednesday, but didn’t wake up that morning. I ran 6 that evening before calling it quits. My legs were all but locked up from the tempo the day before. Another morning or sleep left me trying to figure out how to get some miles in on Thursday. I ran 4 right after work and planned to do another run later before bed. After getting everything packed up for the hiking trip I decided that I would just get in an easy run Friday morning before we left. Friday morning was a repeat of the past two mornings. I hit the snooze button and went back to sleep before the drive to Arkansas. I did hike 11 miles in Arkansas on Friday with a 40 lb pack. It rained on us most of the afternoon. Saturday we woke up and continued on. We had to cross 6 mountains and the constant rain didn’t make things any easier. We all decided to just dig in and get to the truck instead of spending another night in the tent like we normally do. We hiked a total of 16 on Saturday, also with the pack. I woke up Sunday completely under the weather with a cold and stomach issues (dehydrated meals aren’t that great). So I ended the week with 24 miles of running, 51 of running+hiking.
The past week was tough and it showed me what I need to work on. I’m going to have to make morning runs something of a priority if I want to be able to get in higher mileage. It adds to my total and helps loosen up legs after a tough run so I can get another run in later in the day. This week I’m adding an interval day, so I’ll have a tempo and interval workout as well as my long run. All 3 of those days will be 10+ mileage. I’m going to have to get used to running on tired legs.