The week, mostly.
Monday. Usually my day off, but was unable to control myself and decided to run a short, recovery run. Over the weekend, the two group runs were each intense in their way, Sunday’s run was full of great hiking (see above image of the “goat trail”) and difficult uphill trail sprints (they call them “pushes”). And Saturday was the “Colossus” intervals. So Monday was 2.5 miles with the Vibram Five Fingers, KSO model. I ran it quite slow as seemed prudent. I’m sure the legs got some extra stress, extra adaptation — which after all is the point of a recovery run. Short and under muscular stress.
Tuesday. The long run. I’m trying to increase the distance of this, but since this week I’m backing off mileage (which I failed to do last week, due to an oversight). So it was 10 miles. I did feel the lack of rest, or imagined I did. To be precise: 10.57 miles, 1:38, 9:17 min/mile.
Wednesday. Intent on taking it easy, given the last few days. It was a minor triumph of slow running: 5.41 miles, 53:43, 9:55 min/mile. I was really happy with the splits, nice and consistent: 10:04, 9:52, 9:53, 9:57, 9:56, 9:44.
Thursday (today). In a similar vein, picking up the pace at mile 3. 5.39 miles, 48:24, 8:59 min/mile. Splits: 9:51, 9:36, 9:11, 8:35, 8:10, 7:51.
Friday. Here I really do rest. On principle. A part of me would love to just run out there as it is rainy and lovely out. But I’ve got 28.7 miles for the week and can expect another 4-5 on Saturday, so that’s a good place to stop. Maybe try for a bump next week.