Training Week 7: 72 Miles

This has been an exhausting week.  With the increase of mileage, work hours and outside factors, I have found myself exhausted each day.

Monday: 10.65 miles easy
Tuesday: 10.7 miles easy
Wednesday: 10.75 miles easy with Tim’s dad
Thursday: 11.3 miles fast finish
Friday: Off
Saturday: 7.5 miles easy treadmill
Sunday: 21 miles Long Run
Total:  72 Miles

 

My training began on Monday morning.  It was misting outside but wasn’t pouring rain.  By mile 4, it began pouring rain (and 35 degree rain at that).  I could have turned around but I would have ended with 8 miles.  I thought I might as well finish the route I had planned because I was going to be grimy either way.

The weather on Tuesday was much more tolerable.  I had DOMS from my 10 mile race but I didn’t feel awful.  I just felt sore.

Wednesday was a nice change of pace and scenery since I ran with my (future) inlaw.  I always enjoy running with Tim’s dad and we had a really enjoyable run.  By Wednesday evening, I found myself exhausted, miserable and just tired.  The day and also week had caught up to me.

Looking back, it doesn’t make sense why I ran on Thursday.  I wasn’t feeling the run beforehand.  When I actually got running, I did feel good.  Post run, I felt like my body had rebelled against me.  I found myself exhausted and grumpy the rest of the day.  In hindsight, despite the run feeling really good I wish I hadn’t gone out.  It didn’t make for a great rest of the day.

I slept well on Thursday night and slept in late on Friday.  My body needed the 10 hours of sleep.  The rest day was exactly what I needed. On Saturday, I ran an easy 7.5 on the treadmill and headed into work early.

Between rest and a chance of scenery, I felt much better on my long run Sunday (than any other run).  With all of that sleep I felt good running.  I’m glad I took that method.

My long run on Sunday felt great.  It wasn’t the best weather but I have no complaints.  I ran 10 miles outdoors.  When I got home, I was soaken wet and needed to either change, stop running or run inside.  I opted to run inside and finished a great run.  It was exactly what I needed to motivate me (training wise) for the marathon.  22 miles will be the longest I’ll go before the race and I will do one more beforehand.

Questions for you:

What is your longest training run?

How much sleep do you generally need?