I just did mileage this week, and increased my long run slightly.
Monday—10mi. Easy 10 solo. This run had a lot of parts and felt long, but I felt good.
Tuesday—8mi. Hill Loop 2, with C: a deliberately hilly route generally run uptempo, this run was named after/inspired by something similar from college. Felt good, though I kind of thought we were running faster than we were.
Wednesday—6mi, with C.
Thursday—8mi. My legs didn’t feel great and my stomach was kind of messed up. Pretty humid out.
Friday—15mi, with C and C! C came and stayed overnight with us before driving down to our friends’/former teammates’ wedding in New York. Had company for 12.5 miles of this, which was great. Hot and humid! You know those long runs where you feel like you could just keep going forever? That was not this run. Felt pretty beat after only 2 miles and it didn’t get better from there… Ate some Shot Bloks after about an hour, which didn’t seem to help much but at least provided a brief distraction.
Saturday—10mi with tons of people. In Tarrytown, NY for the wedding. One friend and I got up early to do 5 miles before it got too hot, then we met a huge crew of former teammates in the hotel lobby to do a few more miles with them. Great to run with so many people and I probably wouldn’t have gotten another opportunity to talk to some of them this weekend if not for the run. Legs felt great too, even though it was hot again.
Sunday—9mi. Ran the first 3-4 with friends, and the rest solo. Felt good. Great wedding.
I had a great time at the wedding and felt very good on both my runs while in New York, but ended the weekend feeling overall tired from the whole thing. Also, I had signed up for a track 10k (my favorite thing ever) next Friday but have decided I’m not going to do it. I wanted to see what I could do on just mileage and no specific training, but I haven’t actually been doing solid mileage for that many weeks yet. Maybe more importantly, I end most days so exhausted that I’m falling asleep on the couch by 9 so I don’t see a night race at the end of a long week going well or being fun. I’m disappointed because I don’t have the opportunity to do many track 10ks, but I still think this is the right call.