Things are without a doubt looking up when it comes to TheHaySay’s running schedule. This week was kind of make it or break it for me as I prepare for the North Face Endurance Challenge, and I think i made it. The focus of the week’s mileage was to have a significant increase over last week’s mere 23 miles, without furthering my injury or creating any new ones. I tried to listen to my body, pushing when I could, and holding back when I knew I should. That brought a couple of really exciting days, and some interesting adventures. So without further adieu, the week’s mileage breakdown:
Monday – 7 miles This was a simple out and back up 16th St. After last Sunday’s 10 miles, I was feeling pretty good, but I didn’t want to push too hard.
Tuesday – 6 miles My first time back in Rock Creek Park in a few weeks. I ran home from work hitting up about 4 miles of trail before making my way onto the road and back home. Lots of fun, only fell once…
Wednesday – 0 After pushing on some hills Tuesday, the leg was more than tender. I took the day off to keep it safe.
Thursday – 7 miles Back at it on the street, a nice and relaxed run.
Friday – 0 Running just wasn’t going to happen on Friday.
Saturday – 7 miles A good warm up run to what would come on Sunday, I wanted to get out and put in some miles. Feeling more than tired from Friday night, I kept it pretty slow. Although I really didn’t want to be out, it felt pretty good once I returned home.
Sunday – 13 miles This was a big day for me. I was hoping to go somewhere between 13-15 miles through the trails of Rock Creek Park, but after 13 realized that I probably shouldn’t press on. Several times I found myself running at near half marathon pace without even meaning to. I was just cruising along, so happy to be out on a long run and back in the woods, that my legs were just flying. A few times I even realized I had a big smile on my face! I wouldn’t say that my last few weeks of running have been sad, but they certainly hadn’t been happy. This was a happy run. Plus, I encountered some pretty crazy wildlife (more on that to come later this week).
Total: 40 miles on the dot. All in all a great week of improvement and a great week of running. Hopefully by the 5 Weeks report I’ll be close to where I should be with mileage totals.