Overall, my running has been going well. This is one of the first times I’ve approached 40 miles a week and had NO pain. I think that it’s mostly due to my foam roller. I’ve always been good about stretching but have still battled with SUPER tight calves (get it??? picture of calves?? I'm on a ROLL!) and shin splints. Now however, after each run I put myself through about 10 minutes mind numbing, white spot educing pain that no man, never mind a wuss like me, should ever need to endure. After I am done I have no pain! Although, I can’t help but wonder if it is sort of like the old saying “How do you get your foot to stop hurting? Hit your hand with a hammer!”
I normally train the full 18 weeks for a marathon. This time I crammed it all into about 8 weeks. *Knock on wood* I’m still relatively healthy. I maxed out at 39 miles per week and have done a tempo day and a track day nearly every week. Gosh, if I knew that I could train for a marathon that quickly I wouldn’t have wasted the full 18 weeks all of the times before! Of course, I’m kidding…sort of.
I’ve said this before, but not only am I a boring blogger, but I am a boring runner. Case in point, I give you my last three running routes:
At 5:00am, I’m less worried about varying the scenery and more worried about being able to find my way back. With sleep matted eyes, repetition is key.
Finally, for the numbers junkies out there, here are the details in this week’s runs. I finally took a well deserved stepback week. Step back in miles, but not in intensity:
6 miles: 7:09 overall pace (5 miles at tempo of 7:02)
5 miles: 8:07 overall pace (recovery...sort of)
6 miles: 7:31 overall pace (2 mile repeats at 6:31 & 6:23 pace and an 800 repeat at 6:21 pace)
Next week I'll bring back up the miles. Being a marathon week, this may be a little counter intuitive however I'm REALLY going to try to run RnR SD like I would a normal training run. Just much much longer.
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