I ended up finishing week 1 with 55 miles, a new career high in a calendar week for me. I took Thursday off and ran the following on Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
Fri- 9.3Miles, 8:07 pace, 150 AHR
Sat- 5.02 Recovery Miles, 9:44 pace, 129 AHR
Sun- 15.4 Miles, 8:14 pace, 152 AHR
I feel great with how things went last week. My calves are a little tight, but that is more likely attributed to my lack of stretching. I am making much more of an effort to stretch more and have added in some core work a few nights a week as well. I think of how I felt after I peaked at 54 miles last year and I was beat up. There's definitely something to these recovery runs and training smarter. I know there's plenty of time to feel otherwise, but the base-building in the months leading up to training seem to have made a great impact as well.
Here's the week ahead:
- Monday - 5 Recovery
- Tuesday - 8 General Aerobic Miles with 10 x 100m strides
- Wednesday - 12 Miles
- Thursday - Rest/XC
- Friday - 9 General Aerobic Miles
- Saturday - 5 Recovery
- Sunday - 16 Miles, with the second 8 miles at goal marathon pace.
- 55 Miles total