|This is how I imagine people look when they read about my training schedule.|
The weird thing is this: I am fascinated by others' training weeks. I think my own is far less than fascinating, so you may have noticed that I generally base my posts on my races, long runs, or something weird that happened to me.
|Oh, and also food pictures. I like to post about eating.|
Arguably, none of this is more interesting than reading about someone else's weekly training.
My current goal is to keep a 40+ mile week. I have decided that my weekly runs (and walks) must total at least 30 miles, so that everything on the long run is cake. The challenge is that I must do this safely: no shin splints, pf, or ITB syndrome allowed.
So far, so good. Last week was 48 miles, and I feel that I rested my legs enough that I'm not hurt.
Monday: Yoga and stretching. I had to recover from Sunday's 16 miles.
|This is EXACTLY how I look before I stretch and recover from the Sunday run.|
|This is EXACTLY how I feel after I stretch and recover from the Sunday run. Hey, I am who I am; you can't expect miracles here.|
Tuesday: 5 miles on the hills of Sand Run. I kept a good pace, especially considering my sinuses have been KILLING me.
Wednesday: 10 miles. I did my "Reverse Blue Line" route, which I just decided to do this year. It follows the old Blue Line of the Akron Marathon (which goes right by my house). I start from my house, run the 3 miles of Sand Run, and then take on a mile long ascent to the Blue Line on Portage Path. I actually love this route even more now that I'm running it in the opposite direction. It's more difficult, but it makes me feel like a badass. Plus, now I can finish at my house rather than at my car.
|You can see that there is an actual Blue Line painted on the route. This is what runners in my 'hood follow when they train.|
Thursday: Lifting in the morning; 2.5 mile walk in the evening. I find that I am walking for recovery more than I used to do, and it really feels good. My super-speedy, so-amazing-she-is-frightening friend and fellow-ambassador Pam actually got me started on this. She ran the Canal Corridor 100, and she paced her husband Steve at Burning River for the last 30 miles. She posted a lot of recovery walks, so I decided I must not be lame if I decide to go for a walk.
|Did I just basically say that Pam taught me how to walk?|
Friday: 5 miles on Sand Run again. I need to take advantage of this park being so close to my house because once school starts (this week--gulp), I won't be running this area in the dark. I'm going to miss Sand Run. Every day it looks different to me.
Saturday: 5.37 miles with the Goddesses at Tree Farm Trail. Normally I don't run on Saturdays (so those of you whom I've refused before, don't get mad!), but this started at 8:30 and it was only 2 loops, so I was able to get back home just as the family was getting their act together.
|We chose the tallest person to take the selfie. He was, like, 7 feet tall.|
Sunday: This was the biggie: 18 miles on the Towpath. GAAAAAA!!!! I did 2 miles before starting with the Road Shoes crew, then we ran out to Station Road Bridge and back to Lock 29, and then I finished with 2 more. I made pretty good time on this, even with allowing myself to walk the first .10 of each mile after 14.
|So glad it's over! Now to eat ALL the food!|
This is probably my last week of really high mileage; I'm dialing it back before the Blue Line practice run (my 20 miler), and I'm going back to school starting Wednesday. Between my kids' crazy schedules and my own weird schedule, I won't be doing a 10 miler in the middle of the week. Plus, now I must complete all miles before 5:30 AM. I can do this; I did it training for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, and I can do it for the Akron Marathon.
Are you training for the Akron Marathon? Will I see you at the Blue Line Run? How about the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon--did you sign up to run with me?
Whether you're training or not, I hope you run happy, Peeps!
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