Week 16 & 15
A short recap:
84 miles (recovery week)
5×1000, 5x200m cut downs
Long tempo workout that I nailed (did alone, and didn’t even stop! Yeah!) – recap here.
24 mile run with 3 cut down miles (20, 21, 22) at 6:30, 6:15, 6:00.
4×2 miles MP with .5 mile recovery (20 miles total)
I experienced a definite “fatigue” last half of week 15. I can tell it’s just my legs responding getting back to more significant mileage. I am getting stronger and more fit, but it just takes time – one day at a time, right? I knew toward the second half of the week that I’d struggle with the 4×2 mile workout (the easy runs Thurs and Fri were really slow and I sometimes even stopped to walk up hills – my calves were very tired, felt swollen), and I did. I couldn’t move my legs fast enough to engage my lungs. I think most miles were slower than 6:30? Ug! Brenden was in town to do the workout with me and I couldn’t remotely keep up. Oh, well. Have to break myself down in order to become stronger, right?
I nailed the 24 mile run, which is a confidence booster. I am strong enough to handle long runs like this and bring paces down toward the end of the run. Granted, the faster miles were indoors on a treadmill since footing around here isn’t great, but still. I’ll take it!
The only other update would be that I decided not to pursue the CA course. I just had a day to pull everything together, trying to arrange a decently priced flight, trying to contact coaches to shadow, etc. Plus, I’d ideally like to meet coaches like this after I’ve shadowed a lot of other local and regional coaches, have had more experience with my current athletes, and GAC and Carleton training plans so I can come with very specific questions and applicable experiences. I’d also want to book a lunch with the speakers to pick their brains on training programs and feel like at this point I just don’t know enough to make the absolute best out of that opportunity (it has sped up my studying of my new coaching books, though! Although that Martin/Coe book is quite daunting…).
That’s it for now. Hard workout on tap for tomorrow, eek!
Way to kill your 24 miler! Keep up the hard work lady!