Fifty miles, people! I ran 50 miles this week for the first time in a loooong time. I’m happy with that. At this point I’m training for a turkey trot and maybe an early December 5k. But my goals are loose and the races are more to give me a point to train and log some consistency than anything else. Once December gets rolling, I’ll have to dial things back because life just gets crazy for me with two kids’ birthdays and the holidays. Then I’ll see where I am and make some modest goals for the spring.
But I don’t see myself racing a marathon or even a half for a long time. I just don’t have the desire right now for the long-long runs, or the desire to travel to race, etc. I have too many other things on my plate right now and I think I could jump in to short local road races as I want to and do fairly well even with my modest mileage and workouts, as long as I keep up the consistency while I rebuild my strength and speed.
Anyway, that’s what I’m thinking right now, but it’s all subject to change. I love training and pushing myself and am really enjoying being back at it right now.
Mon: 8 easy on the trails
Tue: 10 with 4 x 1 mile tempo with 1:00 jog. 7:04, 6:56, 6:49, 6:56. Miles 2 and 4 were one way on the path and mile 3 as the other. I think the effort was even, as mile 3 was slightly more down and out of the wind. It was pretty hot for October so I’m very pleased with my paces. My right side was really wonky during and after though. Rolled out my lower back (the QL seems to be the source of my problems).
Wed: 7 easy on the trails. Some residual glute tightness, particularly at the start.
Fri: 8 with 4, 4, 3, 3, 2, 2, 1, 1 fartlek with halftime rest. Was pouring rain and ran this on a flat trail loop, which turned out fine. Felt like a good effort. Right side better, but still irritated.
Sat: 1+ miles warming up with the girls before the North meet then ran 41:00 on my own after for 6 total.
Sun: 11 miles. Half up to the top of a peak and a short stop to take a selfie with the view and then got to enjoy the downhills on the way home. Gorgeous day! I think I averaged 8:50 pace which isn’t terrible given the state of my body and the uphills and I’ll even throw in the 2.5 miles of trails into that equation. I just can’t hammer long runs these days. It’s irrationally frustrating and I keep hearing Donald Trump’s voice calling it “Sad”, but I also know that I am where I am and I’m doing the right things to get fitter, so it does me no good to do anything other than accept it.