My weekly goal mileage this week was 30 miles, and next week is 33! I’m still feeling good about my slow, steady stress-free return to a good mileage and pace base. It helps that I’m on summer vacation and don’t have much other stress in my life right now. I’m spending my days reading young adult novels that I hope to share with my future students, and binging on Netflix (GLOW & Master of None), HBO (The Leftovers) and podcasts (Vox’s The Weeds). The podcasts are making my runs a breeze and I’m definitely enjoying this time for mass consumption of media.
I ended the week camping with my family at Lassen National Park and was able to get in some altitude training that felt great. I took the runs easy and slow, but I didn’t feel overly taxed as I usually do at altitude (perhaps because I am choosing not to stress about my pace). I am running a relay in Tahoe later this month, so I was glad to get a little altitude running in.
Monday – rest
Tuesday – 10 x 200m hill repeats. 6 miles total.
Wednesday – 4 miles easy recovery run that felt super hard! Definitely needed to run out those hill repeats.
Thursday – 7 miles steady.
Friday – rest
Saturday – 6.6 miles road & trail at altitude. Took my time: stopped on top of a hill to find cell reception to make a phone call, took photos of flowers and butterflies, and enjoyed the mountain scenery.
Sunday – 6.4 miles mostly trail at altitude. Ran an out and back to a small lake at the base of the side of a volcano that lost much of its hillside to rock avalanches, creating a rocky terrain called “Chaos Jumbles”.
Total – 3o miles