After Sunday's 15 miler, yesterday's rest day was a welcome respite. Last week wrapped up right on plan. 43 miles running, 6.2 kilometers on the erg. I'm now in a new realm. 43 miles a week and growing. I am beginning to understand the real importance of rest and recovery. It's pretty amazing to think about where I was two short years ago (answer: on the couch watching TV thinking about doing something to get in shape).
This week is the last week in the endurance phase of my training plan. On the plan this week:
Tuesday: 9 miles GA, wrap with 10 X 100 stride outs
Wednesday: 5 mile recovery, some time in the gym
Thursday: 9 miles GA
Saturday: 16 mile long run
Sunday: 5 mile recovery
Total plan: 44 miles
Beginning next week I get to stress my body a little more by adding some lactate threshold training. Woo hoo! In my last training cycle, LT training did more to improve my speed than anything else. Pfitzinger must agree, because according to him, this is the most important phase of training. I glanced ahead and expected to see tempo runs. But, I see a lot of training at Half Marathon Pace, Marathon Pace, and on the track. Looks like I'll be spending some time in the books to understand how these pace runs and intervals are helping my LT!
I'll be down at Crystal Cove today for my 9 mile general aerobic run!