I am proud to say I made it to my final recovery week after a solid training phase (best one of this training cycle). After next week, I have two weeks of fine-tuning and two weeks of taper, and then it’s race time! It feels strange to hit my peak mileage 5 weeks out, but I’m trusting the training. Krissy Moehl (whose training plan I’m following) did just win Cascade Crest a week ago, after all.
This weekend’s long runs went much better than last – I was far less stressed and anxious about them, which allowed me to catch up on much needed sleep and recovery. I also picked up new road and trail shoes, and nothing beats the cushion of new shoes.
Monday – Rest day
Tuesday – 5 miles easy and core.
Wednesday – 7.1 miles: I was supposed to do my longest interval workout today, but just wasn’t feeling it. Instead, I hit the trails and attempted to push my pace a bit to make up for the missed speedwork. I’m pretty sure the endorphins gained from flying downhill were just as beneficial as those from a tedious speed workout.
Thursday – 5 miles. Hit the trails again today with new shoes, Salomon Sense Pro. I haven’t worn this model before, but I’d heard good things and had a Salomon gift certificate. Score!
Friday – Out the door before dawn to get in 12 miles before work. I’ve never been an early morning runner, but it sure was nice to get it done first thing. 30 miles was on the schedule for Saturday, so I had to run early to allow recovery time in between.
Saturday – 30 miles previewing my race course, getting a feel for the terrain and the trails. I’m glad I did because parts are hillier and more technical than I thought, but I was pleasantly surprised to find the majority of the course to be shaded. Maybe because it’s Labor Day weekend, and everyone in the Bay Area was either in Tahoe or at Burning Man, but the trails were nearly empty. 6 hours of solitude in the woods might drive some people crazy, but I loved it.
Sunday – 15 miles in a new pair of road shoes. Slept 10 glorious hours of sleep, lounged in bed in the morning, and left the house around 11am (sleeping in was necessary, but I’m also practicing running in the heat, later in the day). Legs were tired, but with the aid of a few episodes of Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, I made it through feeling much better than I did a week ago. Sleep does wondrous things!
Total: 74.2 miles; Elevation: 7,802 feet.