Earlier this week I wrote about Taking Risks in this Marathon-Training cycle. Well, there’s a difference between adventurous, and self-induced injury-prone, running. To avoid the latter, I may or may not switch my 16-mile run to tomorrow.
Yes, a LR on Thursday!
Why rearrange things? We’re signed up for a 5K race on Saturday night to commemorate my birthday, and running this race for the second year in a row.
Welcome to my though process over the past 48 hours:
- Doing 16 miles Saturday morning + 5K saturday night = Asking-for-injury, no? It is not planning at its best.
- Maybe I won’t race the 5k? Maybe I can just run it?
- ….maybe I shouldn’t run 19 miles in one day. Not yet.
- It will probably take me ~2.5 hours to do 16 miles. How late can I start – avoid 90° temps, while also avoiding a 10 p.m. finish?
- Should I do my Tempo Run today (wednesday) if I plan on doing 16 tomorrow ?
- What route would I run? Research! Old LR training routes from the winter? Where was I running all the time?!
- No more Heels at work – will my inserts fit into flats?** Should I rock the “office mullet” (a la The Redhead! ha) with my shoes + work clothes?
- This would mean I get to sleep in Thursday and Friday! Whoop! (meaning my alarm is Not set for 4:45 a.m.)
- …it would also mean I get to sleep in on SATURDAY. Oh, wow.
- Is it dangerous to do two LRs within 5 days of each other? Thoughts?!
- On Friday night (and Saturday morning), this decision will seem so smart.
**Yes, they do! And I’m wearing them! My arches are thrilled.
The list could go on, I’ll spare you.
My week, so far, looks like this:
Sunday: 27.5 mi Bike Ride.
Monday: 5.25 mi “easy” @ 8:50 avg
Tuesday: 45 min Ride (Trainer-style) + 50 min Stroga Class (Power Yoga) at night
Wednesday: Tempo Run 6 miles @ 8:35 avg – middle miles @ 8:10 avg
While I was supposed to go for 4 Tempo-miles this morning, I nixed that idea. Save those legs! However, my Plan called for 4-tempo miles at 8:06…?? I think I need a new Speed regimen. Kate and I were chatting, holding back, and taking it easier today – yet we hit that pace.
Today, I’m happy about that! I’ll take it as a sign of improvement.
Tomorrow, I hope my legs don’t declare battle.
Have you done a midweek LR before? I did 20 miles this winter, right after work, as we had an impending snow storm (yay, winter training!). That adventure makes 16 seem manageable; but I also left at 4:30 pm and had no worries of temperature or time. We’ll see how Round #2 goes…