More Miles, Less Problems

More is not necessarily better.

That is something I’ve been struggling with all week.  I want to run more miles because I’m feeling awesome.  I don’t want to jynx myself but it’s hard when the sun is shining, your body feels awesome while running and life is going according to plan.  Then the weekend comes and it pours rain on Saturday…even resulting to feeling awesome on the treadmill.  That being said I’ve kept to not overdoing it, despite being hard.

This last week of running has felt great.   My biggest problem has been physically stopping my runs.  While I have been adding distance, I have not been pushing the distance.  For instance, Monday I felt extremely good when I ran.  I wanted to keep running.  I had time to keep running but instead I finished right at my house.  I’m really trying not to overdue it right now.

This week it was all about adding miles (but not too many).  I feel like I’m playing a tug of war game with myself.  I have one side pulling for more miles because I feel good and one side pulling for less miles and to build up slowly.

sun is shining

It’s hard for me to believe this time last year I was running the New York City Marathon.   The marathon was certainly a humbling experience and today has made me really want to get out there and run another one sometime soon.  If I give you no life advice (should you even trust my life advice?) but always smile for the cameras.

Marathons are so fun!
Marathons are so fun!

Anyways-

Monday: 3.35 miles
Tuesday: 4.3 miles
Wednesday: 3.35 miles
Thursday: OFF
Friday: 4.3 miles
Saturday: 4.15 miles (treadmill)
Sunday: 5.2 miles (50 minutes)
Total:  25 miles

 

This all seems like a random amount of miles I’m running.  In reality, I’m just running around my neighborhood trail and it ends up being that long.  On Saturday I ran on the treadmill for 40 minutes.  My pace has been between 9-10 minute miles and that is fine by me.  I felt really good during my long run this morning.  I felt cold but good.  I didn’t have any major aches or pains.  I truly feel like I’m beginning to recover.

This has been my best week of running in the last few months and I hope it only gets better.

Next week: 

My goals for next week are to continue to build my base.  I am hoping to get out of the mindset of injury recovery and more into the mindset of getting back in shape.  It’s a long road before I begin PRing again but it’s a road I’m finally excited to get back on!

Questions for you:

How do you build confidence after injury (or baby, or time off, or in running)? 

What was your best workout?