This week, the question is, heading toward overtrained? Probably not, but time to ease off a little, me thinks.
Sunday. 3 miles with the group. We headed up a very steep, and frankly relentless, ridge trail, then back around the sweeping descent. I had no recollection of the trail being that steep, which I’d only run once before. (Mental note: Great for hiking, photos, etc.)
Tuesday. Part 1. The “technical” day. Bounding, skipping. One-leg hopping with focus on driving the straight leg forward. Then the one moment I dread — the turn up to the piney slope. I got one good sprint in up the hill. Later we did a quarter, but it was crap. In fact, I literally stepped in some crap during the race, which was fitting. 2.25 miles.
Part 2.With my distance mentality, I could not let 2.25 stand as the day’s total. So ran this, perhaps a little too fast. All these “benchmarks” can just be racing your workout, which is often a bad idea. Came upon something in Runner’s World about over-training that has given me pause. This should have been a recovery run, not another workout.
5.02 miles 39:08 7:48 min/mile
Wednesday. This was my Beacon Hill workout. Loved it. Possibly a tad more stress than I needed.
6.07 miles 1:02 10:18 min/mile
Thursday. Finally a sensible pace. Quite happy about this. I say that because I’ve been achy and really, for me, been piling on the miles. School’s out next week, probably a good thing as it’ll be hard to indulge in a heck of a lot of running.
7.56 miles 1:08 9:05 min/mile [9:11, 8:46, 9:00, 9:16, 9:14, 9:10, 9:04]
Friday. Another relaxed 5. I was going to take it off, but realized I’m taking tomorrow off.
5.04 miles 44:35 8:51 min/mile [8:55, 8:33, 8:47, 8:50, 9:09]
Total for the week: 28.94 miles