Big Red, good job on getting through your 18-miler despite being tired. Maybe not too much fun, but good training for a marathon.
dhaaga, sounds like a really solid week and nice job on outpacing the “slow” soccer guys!
The first full week of the semester was really busy at work and for a mixture of reasons I didn’t get quite enough sleep all week, and I put in a lot of running mileage on top of that. I felt tired all week and wasn’t too enthusiastic about the scheduled Saturday long run. But nothing felt really wrong so I did it anyway and it went OK.
Mon: 11.0 miles
Tues: 11.0 miles
Weds: 10.8 miles
Thurs: 11.0 miles
Fri: 10.2 miles
Sat: 21.2 miles in 3:14 (9:09/mile or 4:00 marathon pace). Perfect weather, calm and dry, upper 30s to upper 40s. Didn’t push the pace and held up OK.
Sun: 7.0 miles easy.
I did have two problems on Saturday’s run, one weird but harmless, the other familiar and more concerning. Weird: when I got home and looked in the mirror, I was startled to see a trickle of mostly dried blood running from the corner of my mouth to the tip of my chin. I quickly discovered two small cuts in my mouth that must have come from the two gels I downed during the run, whose packets have very sharp edges. I’ve irritated my mouth with gels before but never drew blood. No big deal. Worrisome: my Morton’s neuroma, which I’ve had for at least 15 years but usually keep at bay, started to bother me near the end of the run after I stepped on a sharp rock that in just the wrong place. I hope this doesn’t become a bigger problem than it has been in the past. It didn't bother me on today's short easy run.
My past five weeks have all been between 78 and 82 miles, each with a long run of at least 16 miles. Next week my “long run” will be a half-marathon and my total mileage will be way down.
Going to enjoy pizza and the Super Bowl! Go Niners!