But first, let's step back a minute and review.
The day after race day I continued my running streak but did take it easy with four one-mile days before increasing my run to a whole 2 miles. I ended up with 11 miles that week....just as my training plan had me slated for. Please note, I customized this training plan from Smart Coach and tried to take into account recovery, training, and taper when juggling what I hoped to do.
From week 2 to week 6 I consistently fell short in overall miles and a good chunk of that was me falling short in my long run miles. To make a long story short (no pun intended), in week 2 I hoped for 8 miles, I got 6 miles. In week 3 I hoped for 12 miles, I got 6.5 miles. In week 4 I hoped for 16 miles, I did back-to-back long runs of 9 miles and 10 miles. I was happy. In week 5 I hoped for 16 miles, I did just over 13 miles. In week 6, it ended yesterday, my plan called for 20 miles, I readjusted to 16 miles based on my past performance, and success! But it took a lot of determination and digging deep. But let's come back to that in a minute.
|Good happy article!|
Well, first, yes, I am crazy but I kinda like it that way. And second, I ran 16 miles yesterday and overcame some of my mental hurdles of pre-long run jitters, running solo, lack of sleep due to tsunami warnings, changing running plans at the last minute, etc. But I ran the 16 miles and I am not going to say it was a walk in the park but I succeeded, although I did run/walk the final uphill to my house....but I did it! And my overall pace was 10'15", which means I was pretty much on target with my long run training pace of 10'00".
|Recovery w/ Tommie Copper|
Daily Gratitude: I am for all the wonderful, supporting comments I received during our recent tsunami warning and yes, we are all okay. We were lucky (in my mind, blessed) once again.
Daily Affirmation: I am strong.