I thought for sure the title of this post was going to be “NO 90 Mile Week.”
I had 23 miles slated for Saturday morning. I was only three miles into the 23-miler when the fatigue started to set in again. (I say ‘again’ because I’ve run on fatigued/tired/sore legs all week.) My quads were achy, my splits were 8:15 – 8:30, and I was thinking there was no way I was going to be able to run 23 miles—let alone make it to 90. I pushed on since I was already committed to my loop. Up until about mile 10, I thinking about splitting the run into two parts and finishing the mileage that afternoon. But when I got to 13 miles, I was done! There was no way I could run any more on these legs. I had been running on tired legs all week and I knew it was risky to keep going. I told my husband what happened and knowing how much I wanted to get to 90, he suggested splitting the remaining 17 miles into 2 or 3 more runs. I still was unsure, so I took an ice bath and rested that afternoon. As the day went on, the little voice in my head kept reminding me of what I set out to do and when I say I am going to do something, I keep my word! Plus, I was too stubborn to give up on my goal; I don’t like failure!
So I went out again Saturday afternoon for 10 more miles and my legs actually felt better than they did that morning. After that, 7 more miles this morning seemed like a walk in the park!!
So, yes, I actually made it to 90. . . .eek, I really can’t believe I made it!! And now I am resting all day today and doing absolutely no exercise tomorrow—my legs are begging for it!
Here’s how the 90 miles went down this week:
AM – 9 miles/1:14
PM – 5 miles/40:00
Still sore from the 10K race on Saturday, so I made sure to ice bath after the second run.
13 miles/1:43 + 30 minute weight lifting, upper body
Felt okay—some miles were 7:30 – 7:45, but then they dropped off to 8-minute miles.
AM – 9 miles/1:13
PM – 5 miles/40:00
Still sore, so I made sure to schedule a massage for the afternoon.
11 miles (with 30 minute tempo run)/1:27
My split for the temp run were slow! (7:13, 7:11, 7:22, 7:23)
I took this run slow—as I’ve had to do everything slow this week!
AM – 13 miles/1:48
PM – 10 miles/1:23
I really didn’t want to split this into two runs, but my legs were too exhausted to keep going that morning, so I finished up in the afternoon.
AM – 7 miles/59:00
My compression socks were a life-saver these past couple of days.
And that’s that, my first 90-mile week ever! Woohoo!! I am definitely going to have a cut-back week this week, hopefully run a half-marathon on Sunday, and then gear up for another high-mileage week after that. I’m excited!
This last week I also received a large shipment of Chobani yogurt!!
I received an e-mail from someone at Chobani offering to send me some of their new 16 oz. blends. I ended up received 12 different 6 oz. flavors, so while I am a little bummed I wasn’t able to try the new flavors, I’m not complaining, free yogurt is free yogurt!
Some of my favorite flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Pineapple, Blood Orange, and Plain (just because you can do so much with it!)