As I mentioned in last week’s post, I normally exceed the planned mileage for my training plan. Part of the reason is that I simply like to run. If I’m feeling a run, I keep running. Period. The other reason is that I usually replace cross training and rest days with more running. Because I like running.
But this week, I was shocked by how much I exceeded my planned mileage.
I planned to run 41 miles. I actually ran 70.
No wonder I only ran 21 of the planned 22 miles for my long run this weekend. My body is FOR REAL tired.
After the initial shock work off, I realized what happened. The biggest reason I so completely exceeded my mileage this week is the schedule of my long runs. On the weekends I am in North Dakota, my long runs are on Sunday, because class starts at 8 am. Every other weekend, my long runs are on Saturday, because I have church at 10. There is no WAY I can fit in 3-4 hours of running before church. Last week, I ran my long run on Sunday, and then on Saturday of that week.
I learned a lesson in listening to my body this week. Although I’ve got a BIG-sized post about this in the works, I realized that my cross-training was actually counteracting the actual goal of cross-training, which is to give my body a break from the pounding that running can be on our joints. Last in 2011 and during the summer this year, I had a rather dehabilitating hip/groin injury that I had attributed to running. Long story short, I realized that it was actually being exacerbated by the elliptical and recumbent bicycle (and may have even causeed it). I’ve stopped all non-treadmill crosstraining and the pain is almost completely gone. Best day ever.
And, as a result, my mileage is skyrocketing.
One last important thing to note: I took a real rest day. No running, ellipticizing, walking, anything.
And I was crazy-sore the next day. Lesson learned, my rest days need to actually include movement, just not high-impact running. The lactic acid build-up in my muscles must be crazy!
It’s another North Dakota weekend, so expect this week’s mileage to be low – unless I am inspired to run outside in frozen ND weather!