This week for training has been strange for me (and probably everyone who was traveling for the holidays). I can break up my training into two periods this week:
Before Christmas mayhem
After Christmas relaxation
|Monday:||5 miles recovery (Sunday was 17 mile LR)|
|Tuesday:||10.15 miles (stomach ache time crunch)|
|Thursday:||Christmas Long Run (15 miles)|
|Friday:||10 miles easy with brother|
|Saturday:||10 miles easy|
|Sunday||10 miles easy:|
Before Christmas Mahem:
Last Monday feels like forever ago. On monday I woke up extremely early. I didn’t sleep well (I never do after my long runs). I went for a 5 mile run. My legs didn’t feel terrible, post run.
On Tuesday, I finally got caught up on sleep but I slept in much later than normal. I woke up and had to directly go for my run. I think the combination of shock and WTF just happened made my stomach feel a bit off. I kept getting the weirdest cramps during my run. They weren’t painful but I hadn’t experienced that before. Wednesday I took off because I needed a day off and that fit well. I drove back to VA on Wednesday evening.
After Christmas Relaxation:
On Christmas I ran my weekly long run. I’m doing two races next week: Beat the Ball 5k (begins at 11:35 New Years Eve) and Hair of the Dog 5k (New Years Day). I’ve done this race combination a few times and enjoyed it so I decided to again this year. I didn’t want to do a long run on Sunday (too close to the races) so I chose to run 15 on Christmas (partially with my brother and dad). I didn’t want to do my longest long run post injury either this week (so I could hopefully recover for the races).
Friday, Saturday and Sunday all felt pretty good. I have no real complaints or digs at those miles week. They were all very easy base building miles with no goal in my mind. I want to continue to build my endurance.
Thoughts of the week:
In my opinion, I had a pretty solid week. I cracked 60 miles and stayed healthy. I don’t have any complaints (especially due to the more risky finish to my week), the week was just a blur.
Next week: I am doing two races:
12/31 Beat the Ball 11:35 PM (Your goal for the race is to run under a 25 minute 5k. That being said, it’s not serious at all and everyone is there to support each other)
1/1 Hair of the Dog 5k
In terms of mileage, I’m going to cut down a bit. I will be taking at least 2 days off and possibly another cross training day.
My goals for the races (honestly) are to be faster than my 5k a couple of weeks ago. If I can do that I’ll be happy. Finishing injury free (as well as staying awake that long are also big goals of mine. My body is feeling a lot better than a few weeks ago so I’m hoping I will feel good. I’m running comfortably so we will see! I haven’t done any speed in over 2 weeks so it will be interesting to see where I’m at.
Question for you: How was your week of training?