When I got back and looked at the data, it wasn't as bad as it felt. Average pace was 10:31 (pretty consistent with other recovery runs) and my average heart rate was below 75% MHR. So, the first week of my new Half Marathon cycle finished up at 21.3 miles. I lost 10 miles due to my back (Monday and Tuesday), so I'm pretty much on schedule.
This week I'm travelling. Normally, I try to get workouts in at my hotel, but I'm travelling every evening starting tomorrow - getting into Cleveland at 9:30 PM tomorrow, Knoxville at midnight Wednesday, and back here to OC at 10:30 PM Thursday. So, I think my week will stack up this way:
- Monday: 4 mile easy run, gym for stretching and core work
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: Rest/travel
- Friday: 6 mile easy run
- Saturday: 12 mile long run
- Sunday: 4 mile recovery run, gym for stretching and core work
This will put me at 26 this week - still a few miles less that I want to be at for a base, but considering I have to take 3 days off...