Training Week: 1 [32.1 miles]

This week I planned to have more recovery days.  I’ve had about 6 weeks of increasing mileage and solid running so I was way overdue.   There are various ways to cut miles out.  I’ve done shortening each run and I’ve also taken more rest days.  I’m not sure which one actually makes me feel more recovered.  This week I opted for more rest days and took 3 (versus 1).  In a month or so, I’ll try cutting miles out of my run and seeing how I feel.

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 5 mile run
Wedensday: Rest
Thursday: 12.1 mile run
Friday: Rest (and run away from customers on Black Friday…just kidding)
Saturday: 5 mile run
Sunday: 10 mile run
Total: 28

Thoughts:

I have recovered well from my half marathon last weekend.  I’m surprised and expected to be sore for a couple of weeks.  Each run felt pretty easy and relaxed.

On Thursday  I had one of those runs where I felt extremely good, so I kept running…and running and running…When I finished my run I realized I had run just over 12 miles.  Was that the smartest thing of me?  No, probably not but I felt good.  My foot didn’t hurt, my lungs didn’t hurt and it was just a great run.  Then on Thursday I was sore.

sore as shit

I recovered pretty well and finished out the week strong.  Ha but I certainly rested on Friday.  It blew my mind I ran like that almost every day.  Hopefully eventually I’ll be able to get back into that fitness.

one day difference

Plans and upcoming plans:

I’m going to begin getting back into training (which is why I named this post “training week”).

I feel like I’m at the point to consistently train for something (what is that something?).

I’m at the point where I want to begin adding shorter races (5-10ks) into my schedule.  I want to run faster and begin improving my fitness. I mean who doesn’t want to get back into shape?

Next week I’m going to hopefully run between 40-45 miles.  I can feel my endurance coming back but my speed is not there at all.  I’ve slowly started looking at races in the local South Jersey area.  If you are local Jersey/Philly let me know what you are doing in the next couple of months.

Questions for you:

What kind of run/workout did you do on Thanksgiving?

Have you ever had a run that you felt like you could just keep going?