This week was my highest mileage week ever. This was the week that had me panicked. Back in January when my coach gave me my training plan, I took one look at Week 16 and hyperventilated a little. 44 miles in one week. Holy crap, that's a lot of miles. (for me, possibly not for some of you)
I survived it. I enjoyed it (with the exception of mile 22 on Saturday when I was just ready to be done). I kind of rocked it.
Every week I find myself saying to someone: I can't believe how good I feel after running 15, 18, 20, 22 miles. Really, I feel awesome! (This gives me foolish hope that I'll be able to walk down the stairs without yelping the day after the marathon. HA!)
So...why? Why do I feel so good this time when training for my first marathon left me sore, exhausted and, ultimately, injured? I have a few theories:
- I've been running longer. I ran my first marathon one year after running my first mile. That may not have been my brightest move.
- I'm running more. I run more miles during the week to support my long runs on the weekend. I expected this to be really hard. It wasn't.
- I'm keeping up with the cross training. Denise's monthly challenges have helped a lot with that. My abs, back, buns, arms and legs are all staying strong. I also stretch my legs (calves, quads, buns and IT bands) every night.
- I've slowed down. I used to race every run...and I had a lot of injuries. I bought a heart rate monitor (HRM) and learned how to use it. I was shocked (and a little discouraged) at how slow I "should" be running, but I stuck with it and have increased my speed in just the past few months.
I think all of these changes have contributed to the past 16 weeks of awesome training. Really, I feel GREAT! (Have I mentioned that?) I'm really excited for the race, but I'm almost sad for this training plan to be over. 2 weeks and 6 days. Bring it, Cleveland.
How is YOUR training going?
Have you ever had two training plans feel like night and day? What did you do different?
Friday- rest (plus burpees)
Total miles for week 16: 44.68
April Burpee Challenge:
Monday- 23 burpees
Tuesday- 24 burpees
Wednesday- 25 burpees
Thursday- 26 burpees
Friday- 27 burpees
Saturday- 0 (Running 22 miles was enough, thank you.)
Sunday- 29 burpees
Total burpees this week: 154
Total Burpees in April so far: 311!