Yesterday was a good day. I ran 7 miles and about half way through came across TJ and we ran the last half together. I was trying to run a bit slower run as I have had a long week since my last off day was last Saturday and I’ve been running ever since.
I am still struggling with how to work my off day. The way I see it, I have 3 options.
- Take Saturday off: This would help with keeping me fresh for my long run Sunday morning and since I am increasing my mileage on Sundays I think this is important.
- Take Monday off: After a long run, it really helps to have that day after off for recovery. This week I ran Monday after a 15 mile run on Sunday and, though it didn’t go badly, I was tired all week and I wonder if I just never fully recovered from that long of a run (my longest to date).
- Take Saturday and Monday off: This was my Big Brother’s suggestion on the phone yesterday afternoon. He mentioned this in context of my long runs getting longer and said it might help overall.
I must say, I think choice #3 will eventually be the way to go. I hate losing a day of running, especially as I am trying to increase my mileage, but since taking Saturday and Monday off both have positive effects, I think it might be a good idea.
What am I doing next week? I am taking today off as I said earlier, and I will probably take Monday off. I think next Saturday I will try a short easy run just to keep things moving. As we hit the summer heat, I will probably enjoy the Saturday early run when it is somewhat cooler.
I don’t usually solicit advice directly in this blog, however if anyone has any thoughts about how to prepare for a marathon and or about when to take off days, I’d appreciate the input.
Remember that I am a 50 year old man wanting to run my first marathon in September at 3:30 (8:00 pace). At least that is my goal so I can qualify for Boston – as if you didn’t know that by now.