With a weekend trip to St. Louis planned, I decided to front-load my weekly mileage. This means that I ran 11 days in a row, which I don’t know if I’ve ever done before. For some reason, though, I was recovering really well and had high energy all week. Pretty much all of my runs felt good – what a treat! Without putting much pressure on myself, this ended up being one of my biggest weeks of training since before the 50k.
Monday: Ah, Marathon Monday – so much hype! I was excited to track the race, following both pros and friends. But first, I woke up without an alarm with about 30 minutes to get a run in so I covered 3.4 miles before work. All morning, I was glued to the athlete tracking and Twitter and Robyn and I were basically having our own texting marathon. For the most part, I was quite happy to not be there running but when I watched the coverage later and saw the leaders turn onto Boylston, I got goosebumps and that feeling hit. I definitely want to go back to Boston at some point but don’t really want to make it the focus of my running life. Okay, back to Monday’s training – I also did a couple laps of the incline in the afternoon. Good stuff! 7.2 miles for the day.
Tuesday: For weeks, I was raving about Monday mornings up Lookout but now I’m hooked on Tuesday mornings at Green Mountain. Robyn and I met up again at 5:15am to do our 10 mile loop. This run was so refreshing with the birds chirping and the pink sunrise. I couldn’t ask for anything more. After work, I did a very slow, easy 3.3 miles while listening to a podcast which got me to 13.3 miles total.
Wednesday: I had a feeling that November Project was going to be at Little Man on Friday, so I decided to skip Wednesday in favor of that. I slept in with plans to run trails after work. I thought I was going to be really tired because I had gone 8 days without a rest day, but I ended up having an awesome run. I started at the South Table trailhead near NREL and had no plans except to go for an hour. I’ve run countless miles on South Table, but there are trails that I still haven’t explored, so I purposely hit some of those. It was awesome to do something new! After 7.1 miles, I was buzzing.
Thursday: We took a break from our beloved Dinosaur Ridge for PlayGldn and met at Pangea to run the bike path hills. I think everyone was feeling a little slower this morning, but we still got a good workout in. With my run to and from, I hit 6.9 miles. On the run home, I carried a mug of coffee! Later in the day, I was texting with Robyn about how I felt like someone slipped me something that was making me feel so good this week. Whatever, I’ll take it!
Friday: I was so excited to run Little Man hills and just crank them out. It’s one of my favorite November Project workouts because I love the uninterrupted nature and that we can all go at our own speed but see each other along the way. The guys had a different plan for the morning and came up with a workout that went a different course and included some bodyweight exercises. All I wanted to do was run, though, so I did and felt like I had a ton of energy. I covered 4.2 miles with 427 feet of climbing at a 7:42 pace. My goal for the week was to get in 40 miles and 5,000 feet of climbing before the end of the day on Friday. After the morning workout, I was just short of that, so I went up the incline after work before a great date night with Dan. Since I was only going one time and I knew I was taking Saturday off, I really pushed it. I got to the top and had my hands on my knees, gasping for breath, and felt amazing. It was the fastest I’ve ever gone up it and I was riding high from it for hours.
Saturday: I woke up early to fly to St. Louis to see my family for the weekend. No running, just playing with my niece and nephew.
Sunday: I was planning on taking Sunday off too, but brought my running clothes just in case. It was a beautiful day and I had the time, so I ran 2 miles to a park near my parents’ house to see the farm animals and then I kept running to complete a nice, hilly loop. I surprisingly got in 560 feet of climbing in the 7.5 miles.
Total mileage: 48.3 miles
Total climbing: 5,669 feet
High: Overall, it was a really good week, but my training high was probably my run up the incline on Friday afternoon. I like repeating a run so that I can measure progress and I feel like I made a lot of progress on this route since I started consistently running it, just a week ago.
Low: I didn’t really have a low this week, but I felt a little more tired than I wanted to after my run on Sunday. I think flying takes a lot out of me.