As week 9 started, I debated my approach. I’m all about injury prevention and being miserable. I’m also all I’m about goals and fulfilling them. I must confess I was pretty sore. Hyannis took a lot more out of me than I thought it would. However, I knew I wanted to keep my streak of 50 miles for that week but I wasn’t sure how and which day. My plan was to go for slow, easy recovery miles.
Monday – Recovery
In regular ultra training tradition took Monday as a rest day. The fact that I was barely walking down the stairs had nothing to do with it.
Tuesday – 5 Miles
41 minute, 5 mile run on probably incline 2 or less. Things were shaky and I stopped at 5 miles.
Wednesday – 6.5 Miles
56 minutes, 6.5 miles, 8:33 Pace, a little slow for incline 2 but I was beginning to catch up on strength.
Thursday – 5 Miles
The 6.5 miles on Wednesday made me tired so I took it easy, 42 minutes and only 5 miles
Friday – 6.5 Miles
54 minutes for 6.5 miles and I was starting to feel back to normal! No soreness left!
Saturday – 15 Miles
I originally wanted to do 26 miles. The weather would have been perfect but I stayed up too late Friday and slept in too long Saturday and such was life. On the bright side, this was the weekend of running with friends and Saturday started with me and my roommate running about 3 miles (11 min pace) around a pond in my house (once I got some energy). Afterwards I stopped by home and continued on my way. The weather was cloudy and my motivation was turning gray just like the sky. Luckily, I’m an OCD type of girl where I usually do an in and out type of run so when I get tired, my only option of getting home is to run back. Total running time was 2 hr 17 minutes and average pace in total was 9:07. Not bad for a girl who barely wanted to leave her house. P.S. running after eating Cuban food, not the best idea.
Sunday – 20 Miles
Sunday was what I would call a perfect day.. it started with Dim Sum and ended with lots of miles and lots of friends. Ran 5 miles with a group around 11 min pace. I love seeing my friends get excited about running, especially around the part where you get to grow your distance. After a short pee break (drinking 20 cups of tea does that.) I continued the run with one of the friends and we ran 8.4 miles in 1:08 for 8:05 pace which includes some stop lights. After my slow 9 minute miles yesterday, I didn’t think I had it in me to run fast. In fact, during training, I running relatively slow compared to my race times. I guess I just don’t get competitive with myself. In fact in the first 3 miles I was struggling to get to an 8:30 pace, so i was shocked that around mile 6, garmin said 8:02. What shocked me more was that afterwards, I didn’t feel dead. Running with friends is energizing! I had a small goal of running 15 miles so I finished 1.6 miles on the treadmill. As I thought about going for a shower, I felt so great that I decided this weekend deserves a 20-Miler! Hoped and slowly 8:30-9:15 pace, ran 5 more miles on the treadmill at incline 1.
Total Miles – 58
Total Feelings – I ran 8 more miles than my goal, recovered and felt great! Hoping to raise some mileage this week.