Total Weekly Mileage: 52 Miles
Holy sore-legs Batman! My legs got sorer and sorer as they day wore on and by cross country practice I was hobbling around. You know it's bad when you start to feel nauseous walking and running around. Even though I was in pain, I knew I wanted to do a shakeout run when I got home. The first two miles were tough/hilarious but my legs loosened up.
Tuesday: Day off
I decided that it would be fine to take my day off early since my legs were still sore and I had an insane teaching schedule. A post-XC practice saxophone lesson pushed me over and I called it a day.
Wednesday: 7.8 miles at 7:36 pace
I should have done an 8 mile tempo run on Thursday but I knew that we were supposed to get storms. My legs were still tired, so I cut my tempo short, only doing 6 miles. I don't particularly enjoy having to run so late at night and coming home in the dark. And it will only get worse the further we get into fall.....
Thursday: 15 Minutes Insanity with the team
An afternoon storm pushed us indoors and left us working out to Insanity.
PM run: 8 miles at 7:57 pace
Once the storms ended I headed out. I woke up with a cold this morning, and wasn't sure how hard to push myself. Took the miles easy.
Friday: 7 miles at 8:03 pace
Still. Have. Tired. Legs. The heat broke Thursday and left us with a much cooler day (70s vs. 90s). The woods were calling me and I started running early enough to get to them.
Saturday: 5 miles at 9:01 pace.
If the kids don't have a meet then we head out for a long run. I ran between groups, getting in some easy miles.
Second run: 3 miles at 8:15 pace
This run was the most difficult of the week. I had serious doubts about a 16 miler on Sunday. I ran once I got home from practice and my body hated me the whole time.
It is amazing what a solid 9 hours of sleep will do for the body. For the first time this week, I woke up with energy and my legs were no longer sore. It was a gorgeous morning for a long run, which brought me by a pumpkin stand and a farmer's stand that Tom and I went back to later in the day.
I only brought one Gu and no water, but planned the route to go by a water fountain around mile 13. It wasn't until mile 11 that I started to feel the fatigue again. Normally that would make me frustrated, but I remind myself that it's good to run on fatigue on Sundays.
What I'm loving:
I won a free pair of Saucony's a few weeks ago and have completed the last three weeks of training in them. I love them. They aren't tearing apart my heals like my Asics did, nor are my heals tearing apart the backs of these shoes like they did in the Asics. I find that I am tying them pretty tightly, but I love how my feet feel in them while running. I was a little bummed to get another white pair of sneakers (I love the neon shoes) but have finally moved on from that detail.
I think I'm hooked. I'll definitely try another pair of Saucony next time I'm shoe shopping!