15-mile long run
For the third time in four weeks, I've cracked the 100-mile barrier. Actually, taken together, this four-week stretch represents my highest mileage month ever at 390. The best part is, I can honestly say that this week I've felt fresh and strong while also managing to incorporate a good amount of quality work, from an uptempo 13-miler with Jordan to start the week to Tuesday night's strides at the Triangle to the two tempo efforts I detailed in earlier posts. Of course I've had mornings where I felt tired and sluggish and had to fight every instinct in my body to force myself out the door, but I can't think of a run all week where I haven't finished feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. I feel as though I've finally turned a corner and my body is really adapting to this summer volume.
All of that said, I'm going to listen to my coach's advice and take a proactive down week next week. It's been on my schedule all along, and given my injury history it makes complete sense for me to throttle back a bit and allow my body to recuperate even though nothing feels amiss. Philly is still many moons away, so I should take advantage of these rest weeks while I can. If anything, this break will only fuel my fire to ramp things up again and set an even higher mileage goal for the month of August!
Sunday, July 22, 2012