Another week is in the books, and it was my highest mileage week ever! I know 46 miles is small potatoes to a lot of you, but even a year ago, I couldn’t have imagined running this many miles weekly. I’m so grateful to be doing it and still be in one piece.
Here’s how it went down:
Monday 7/22: 35 minutes easy, 4.22 miles. Nothing to see here.
Tuesday 7/23: 60-90-30s at the track. 8.33 miles total.
The workout was 6 sets of 60 second/90 second/30 second intervals, with 90 seconds rest. I am typically horrible at short interval workouts, but I was trying to hang with a girl who is about the same speed as me and really didn’t want to get beat. We pushed each other through the workout and I was pretty pleased with the effort. My hamstrings were hurting after which makes me a bit nervous … my injury issues last year started with tight/sore hamstrings.
Wednesday 7/24: 47 minutes easy, 4.86 miles.
This was supposed to be an hour shakeout to get blood flowing to the hamstrings, but I cut it a little short. I couldn’t ever really shake myself loose and I decided to not push it too much.
Thursday 7/25: Unplanned rest day. Hamstrings sore just walking around. Cue panic attack. Fervent searching of the internet for the best compression shorts. Ordered a pair of 110% Play Harder Transformer Shorts. Hope they will work miracles. Trust in Lauren Fleshman above all other.
Friday 7/26: 60 minutes very easy, 5.86 miles.
Very very easy on trails. The rest day seemed to help the hamstrings a bit. My compression shorts were waiting for me when I got home, so I spent the rest of the day icing and compressing like a champ.
Saturday 7/27: 2h35m long run, about 16.5 miles.
Happy to have survived this run and officially declare my new shorts to be miracle workers. Pushed the pace a bit too much (feeling overconfident, I guess?) and paid for it at the end. Got home and climbed back into compression gear because I’m sassy.
Sunday 7/28: 60 minutes easy, 6.43 miles.
Rainy and meditative miles. Hamstrings finally feeling more normal – I can still feel a twinge in the right one, but I’m no longer on high injury alert.
Total: Just over 46 miles for the week!
Which called for some recovery beer and awkward selfies that were a direct result of said beer.
The further I get into training, the more enthusiastic I become. This is almost a complete 180 from previous training cycles and I’ve done a lot of thinking about what is different this time … and while I’m not quite ready to share those thoughts yet, I do hope that everyone else out there training for things (marathons … 5ks … triathlons … life ….) is having as much fun and is as excited about working towards their goals as I feel.