It was a bit of an odd week after the runners high had finally worn off after last weeks 1/2 marathon. I could barely walk, let alone run for 3 days after race day. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were all write offs in terms of training, although I did have a nice swim on the Wednesday so all was not lost! I was expecting to take it easy for a few days. Thursday’s planned 3 miles on the treadmill turned into a 3 miles outside, as the ol’ man was home for a bit during the day. It was not easy, and I really feel I did not warm up until about 2.5 miles and then it was over. I was quite anxious about Friday’s scheduled 13 miler. I had already decided that 13 miles just didn’t seem reasonable- I’m currently switching from a 1/2 marathon programme to a full programme and I thought I should probably step back a bit as that is how the schedule typically progress- up in mileage and then a slightly lower mileage the next week with a bigger jump the following week. I had it in my head that I would do 12. Ubfortunately that never happend I ended up doing 9.60- and it was BRUTAL! I just did not have the legs for it, at all- I kept thinking that I would break through and fall into some kind of rhythm but by 4.5 miles it just was not happening I was very very tight and I was literally dragging my feet so I turned around and limped my way home. It was slightly depressing but I know enough now to realise that it’s not the end of the world- ya gotta have the crappy runs to make the good ones feel good- and I simply had not recovered from the race.
I took Saturday off and then went for a 6 miler on Sunday that felt absolutely splendid which helped further my belief that I just might be able to do the 26.2 miles, I will get there.
The bad news is I feel like I am coming down with something AGAIN. Very very unusual for me but I am sure it is all this training. It’s funny because I do feel wonderfully fit- like, really great- except for the hint of a sore throat and a foggy-ness in my head.
Plan for the week? Off today, Tuesday 3 miles on the treadmill, Wednesday cross train, Thursday 4 miles on the treadmill, Friday I’ll get that 13 miles in, Saturday off and 7 miles on Sunday.
And scram to the cold.