This week had me setting a new weekly mileage PR. I ran 57 miles in 7 hours, 54 minutes total time with a 8:18 average pace. Add that to the warm up, cool down that is required….and I ran a LOT this week.
My trio of longer runs was very interesting. Like I said before, I started out with 8 miles, 6 at a tempo pace of 7:08 on Friday.
10 miles, 8:08 pace
My Saturday run was 10 miles at a comfortable pace. For me this week, that meant a run around 8:08 pace. I would have normally run with the East Valley Runners, however they were running part of the IM AZ route which was ~ 20 minutes away. After a bit of under breath cursing and some out loud complaining to my wife, I decided that there is no way that I was going to drive 20 minutes each way to go for a run at 5:00am. Getting up at 4:00am didn’t seem like something that I would have a good time doing. However, I had a great run and was back home by 6:30.
20 miles, 8:43 pace
My Sunday long run, and my first 20 miler, wasn’t good. I ran the 20 miles with a 8:43 pace, but that doesn’t tell the entire story. I started out VERY reluctantly at 5:00am. In fact, I remember crawling back in bed at one point in nearly full running dress. Unfortunately, I was only 1.25 miles in when nature called. I knew this wasn’t one that I could just run through, so I immediately turned around and headed back to the house. After I had taken care of some ‘business’, I got back to running. However, by this time it was already 6:00am and I was a bit stiff from the 15 minute delay. The run proceeded to get worse from there. The middle 14 miles are sort of a blur, but the last 6 miles or so were a bit of a struggle with a bit of walking about every other mile. I’m fairly certain that the issues with the run were just the culmination of all of the miles in the last 3 days. I ran 38 miles in three days – I think that would tire out most people.
Next week is a step down week. I’m doing a bit of reorganizing in my schedule so I can sleep in on Sunday morning and have an off day while traveling on Thursday. I’ll only run ~39 or so miles which will seem like a break after the last two weeks!