Okay folks. I figured out something yesterday. Something I'm going to refer to as my physical balancing equation. I really hammered out the miles over the past three days. Nine on Friday AM, followed by 20 on Saturday, and 9 more on Sunday.
I felt pretty tired starting out yesterday, but I was able to make it through the first seven miles of the scheduled nine mile run. At that point, I actually had to take a little sit down to rest my quivering legs. Hmm. Maybe that's why a five mile recovery run was on the original plan? Next time I have a 20 miler on the schedule (in 3 weeks), I *will* rest the day before and *will* limit my recovery to 5 miles like on the plan.
All in all though, I was able to slog through the days and miles. As promised, I did take it easy. Other than Wednesday's HMP run, everything was well below the 10:00 per mile pace. But, I was able to set a new mileage mark of 55.5 miles. In addition to the running, I put in 5.5 km on the rowing machine on Monday. (Wow - a weekof 5's). I am officially exhausted. Saturday I was in bed by 7 PM and didn't stir until 7 AM!
I'm off on another business trip this week. As a result, I am going to have to reduce my miles from the planned 49 to 36. I was going to try to get some miles in today (13 or so), but the way I'm feeling right now, I definitely need the rest. Here's how the week will shape up:
Monday: Rest. Nothing. Nada. Well maybe erg this evening. But I am going to stay out of the running shoes.
Tuesday: Fly to Philadelphia. This becomes an all day excursion to get across country. Nothing planned except a Geno's cheese steak after landing Tuesday night.
Wednesday: Client site. Dinner meeting. Crash at hotel. Start a new streak of not running on a hotel treadmill
Thursday: Client site. Fly back home. Land at 10:30 PM local time.
Friday: Back to running (yea!). Nine miles GA with 10 X 100 stride outs.
Saturday: 16 miles broken down by 4 miles warm up and 12 miles at marathon pace (10:15).
Sunday: 11 recovery miles
Total: 36 miles.
I'm actually looking forward to the rest the first few days of the week. I'll try to blog Wednesday night, but I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you....