This is my recovery week for running.
I’ve run 41+ miles for two weeks in a row and now need my body to heal a bit. In the past, I would keep increasing my mileage until I got close to 200 miles in a month and then my running would crash. My monthly charts look like stair steps going up, up, up and then major drop off. After my marathon in Sept of 2013, everything crashed. Now, I’m trying to be smart about my mileage and strength.
Yesterday was a particularly tough day in general. It started as usual waking up at 4:00AM and at work by 5:30. After work, I was looking forward to a slow 4 mile run with RS at the park while JR rode her bike. I got home at 3:30PM and sat in my car for a minute and just enjoyed the silence. No one wanting something from me, no noise, just quiet. I thought, “I could sit here for hours and just relax”.
Then my phone rang!@#$% It was work with a major database crash. SERIOUSLY!!! I finally have a “zen” moment and it is all over in seconds.
I spent the next hour recovering the databases (successfully, BTW) and then rushed out the door to get to the park to get my 4 miles in before dark. I don’t run after dark outside of my neighborhood – just my preference. We got to the park and I knew it would be close. RS and I started our run out much faster then I wanted. We had no choice. We were racing the sun and that isn’t an easy thing to do. Also my lovely daughter was riding her bike and I didn’t want her riding after dark.
As we came up to the 4 mile mark, it was dusk. The sunset was beautiful and we were tired (more from the 8 mile hill run the day before then this run).
So we beat the sun… sort of. Unfortunately this was to be a slow, easy run (as are the rest of the runs this week). I need to recover, and racing the sun isn’t the way to succeed in slowing down.
Another 4 mile run today (and the rest of the week) and then 7 on Saturday and I’ll be at 31 miles. Next week, 45!