This week presented some challenges, including a sore right foot, lethargy from a flu shot, and intense wind during my long run. I fell a bit short of my projected mileage this week. However, I've been dealing a nagging right achilles/calf for several weeks now, so I figured an extra rest day couldn't hurt. Here's the schedule I was planning to follow:
|WEEK 2: 32 Miles|
Since I ran a lot of miles the previous weekend, I switched up my days as follows:
|WEEK 2: 29 Miles|
Wednesday's speedwork felt great, though my right achilles/arch started aching again towards the end. I still can't find my Garmin, so for now I've been relying on iPhone apps to help me track my speed. Realistically, the best way for me to gauge my speed is how hard I am breathing, and I definitely felt like I was running 5k pace during those mile repeats (1600 x 3 at 7:36).
Look at the Ben Franklin Bridge! And my new Oiselle Flyte Long Sleeve!
Saturday's long run was pretty miserable, to be honest. I was excited that it wasn't raining for the first time in weeks on my long run day, but the wind was between 15 and 25 mph for the entirety of my run. This made the 9:33 pace I held feel much more difficult than it should have.
I ended up doing a little course preview of the Love Run for my long run. I did about half of the course (above) plus some extra miles to and from my house. Even though I've run around Philly a million times, I haven't run a road half marathon in over 3 years and need to build confidence on the roads again. There is really only one hill in the entire course but it is quite long and steep. This hill definitely made me miss the unspoken rule of ultrarunning: walk the hills.
Warning: Hill is steeper than it appears in photos!
In the end, I was only 3 miles short of my 32 mile goal for this week. I'm happy that I got in a couple of easy runs, and two quality workouts in my speedwork and long run. I can already feel my speed and endurance building again within just the past two weeks. Only 10 weeks to go 'til race day!