Another solid week this week. Backed off a bit but increased intensity just a touch more. The weather was seriously crappy the first part of the week up until Thursday but has been rather nice the past two days.
I have definitely discovered (rediscovered) that sweet spot of fatigue this week. I am familiar with it and it tells me that I have been training hard enough to get worked but not so hard that I am digging a crater that I can't climb out of. The most obvious symptom is that before every run I really do not want to go run. But once I am out and have a couple of miles done I feel great and there isn't any issue.
The week broke down like this...
Monday - Mandatory rest day.
Tuesday - 9 Miles - 1:16:30. MAF focused run. Cold, snowy, and actually windy for up here. It felt pretty good though. It also felt a little fast but it all worked out.
Wednesday - 12 Miles - 1:39:46 - As bad as last weeks 12 miler went, this one was the opposite. Went into it tired and not knowing how it would go but after a couple of miles it felt great.
Thursday - 13 Miles - 1:46:02 - Two Mile warmup, 5x1 minute easy hill repeats, then nine miles in Zone 3 or M effort. I went into this one feeling the tiredest all week but the run unfolded and turned out pretty good. It was also the first nicer day of the week which was a treat.
Friday - Mandatory rest day.
Saturday - 9 Miles - 1:09:02 - Two mile warmup, 3 miles in Zone 3 or M effort, .5 miles MAF, then another 3 Miles in Zone 3 followed by another .5 miles at MAF to finish. Beautiful day. Not quite warm enough for shorts but still pleasant. I even saw two guys on 82, east of town, riding their road bikes. Spring must be close.
- 10 Miles - 1:21:47 - Easy ten miles at MAF effort. Felt a little off but I think that is partly due to yesterday's run, accumulated fatigue, and I got up at 4:30 this morning so I can counterbalance the effects of switching to DST and be able to go to bed on time tonight.
So that was the week... 53 Miles for the week. 7:13:07 for time. And 4829 feet in gain.
Today was my birthday and a nice one. No real shenanigans to report as I figure on just waiting until I am in Mexico in two weeks to really celebrate. I had a nice mellow day and wrote another article for my work blog. Plus today's run in the sun was good enough for me.
But right now I am tired and ready for bed and definitely looking forward to my rest day tomorrow!