I did not have a good run today. Pace wise, sure, 8 miles at 7:50 and 2 at 7:30, not bad. I felt like crap. So I need to consider why my hammys felt tight and I felt like a slug.
2 weeks ago I did my first 20 miler. It was surprisingly good. After 18 I stopped and grabbed Henry and he ran the last 2 with me. The first 18 were just under 8 min/mile. Pace for the last two miles was about 9:30 because of all the stopping and starting, but it was good to get more time on my feet.
The next week I took time off of work and had tons of fun with Red everyday. I also made sure to get in lots of miles and did my 2nd 20 miler on Thursday, just 5 days after my first. Not the best timing, but I was busy that weekend. This 20 miler was not as easy. I struggled. I was just tired. I wasn’t dehydrated, I did get hungry near the end. I don’t eat before long runs so that’s a given. My overall pace was somewhere around 8:07 min/mile.
Then I got sick. Woke up Saturday with a sore throat so I skipped my speed workout. I could feel a sinus infection coming on so I ran an easy 5 that night before it got worse. Totally logical, right? Of course Sunday was hellish and I slept or lazed around most of the day. Monday was still rough but I was able to get on the treadmill for 3 miles. I decided if I couldn’t run long, then I was going to run fast. So I ran 5k in 21 min.
I decided short and fast would be my goal for the week while my head and chest recovered. Not easy when your chest is congested. duh. I ran 4 miles on Tuesday and 5 on Wednesday averaging around 6:50 min/mile for both. Thursday I had 6 on tap and I wanted to be sub 7. I just could not do it. all at once anyway. I kept stopping the treadmill and taking long breaks. But I did finish 6 miles in 41:30 though in reality it took me about an hour to finish with all my breaks. Planned on doing 7 on Friday but just could not wake up. so I didn’t. I went back to bed and had awful nightmares.
So today, Saturday, I had 10. I figured the rest on Friday would do me good but it didn’t. I just ran too fast this week I suppose. Plus I did some kettle bell moves on Tuesday and my legs are still sore. I dont think thats supposed to happen. hmm. So I started my 10 miler at 5:30. Had to make a pit stop for bathroom services after 3.7 miles. Then Red was already up for some crazy reason. RKY told me to keep running cause he was already awake. So I went back out and really struggled. Stiff legs. I got back to the house after 8 miles were done and quick ran to the treadmill and hopped on. I am trying to minimize my breaks in between outdoor and treadmill running. I struggled again to finish the last 2 miles, though I was going a decent pace. I hope I can recover for my 12 miler and 20 miler this week. My head still feels off and I felt like puking in the shower. Always a good way to start the day.