Yesterday’s run, the beginning of a brand new week full of promise, was the most physically difficult run yet. About mile 6, I felt like my legs were 20-lb weights. I had all sorts of random aches and pains in my legs, and the soles of my feet were sore. After struggling through 4 more miles, I stepped off my treadmill and could barely walk. Everything hip down felt like crunchy peanut butter. I walked around bowlegged for a while and stretched. It then occurred to me that I was on the threshold of my current physical potential. The next thing I thought… disappointment. But how could I possibly feel that way after doing close to 60 miles over the past 7 days? Last week’s mileage was actually about 20 miles more than I’ve ever done in a week.
It was a long week with long hours. I was feeling it mentally and physically this morning. My body and my mind wanted to do nothing more than sleep today. Granted that’s not what I did. I did do upper body weight training and did 2.5 miles of incline and speed intervals on my treadmill. My run felt pretty good, and I was totally into it by the time I was half a mile in.
I’m considering the fact that I’m going to have to back off on my mileage this week or at least for a few days and let my body recover after really beating the hell out of my legs the past 2-1/2 weeks. I want to build up some serious endurance, but it won’t happen if I can’t even do the miles, and right now, my body is saying it can’t. My sister had suggested a week of long runs possibly followed by a week of short runs. I think that’s going to be the right flavor. I think it will rejuvenate me.
So, goals for this week? I’m thinking 25-30 miles will be good. Focusing more on hillwork and speedwork this week. I really enjoy doing both of those. I’ll still probably incorporate a long run or two, but I think I’ll keep it under 10 miles. I might find myself a race to work towards; I haven’t done a race in a couple months.