Here we go!
Monday: birthday rest day!
Tuesday: 5.5 mile run
Wednesday: 5.5 mile run
Thursday: 16 mile run
Saturday: 4 mile walk (Couldn’t bring myself to run so I walked while carrying a case book in my fitness clothing. I’m totes counting it)
Total miles: 31 Miles!
- Running 16 miles is hard: I can’t lie, my 14.7 (I re-measured it) went freakishly well due to good fueling. 16 miles was harder. As you can see, I ran 27 miles in 3 days which probably was excessive and contributed to the dead legs I experienced. I also only had 1 Gu which wasn’t enough. Part way through I realized that there was going to come a time in Chicago where I am going to want to stop running and I am going to have to power through, which helped me on my run. Afterwards I took an ice bath. The run took it out of me though. I had a hard time with stairs afterwards and I can feel a black toe nail coming on.
- Running 27 miles in 3 days is a poor choice: Due to my birthday I moved my rest day from Wednesday to Monday and thus ran 27 miles in 3 days. My legs were already sore going out for my 16 miles. I think this contributed to my fatigue on my long run. In the future, if I’m going to do long runs on Thursday then I need a rest day on Wednesday.
- Walk breaks rule: I am in love with walk breaks. That is all.
This weekend I’m running a half marathon and I am super psyched for it! Sub 2 hrs or bust!
27 miles in 3 days is a lot – and impressive! Good luck this weekend!
Good luck with your half this weekend! You will totally break 2 hours 🙂
Congrats on the 16 miles! I’ve realized that for 15+ mile runs, I need to take at least 200 calories of fuel with me or I’ll crash and burn.
Do you have a goal time for Chicago? I’m planning on taking walking breaks during the race, but I never time my walk breaks during my long runs now- I need to work on that so it doesn’t impact my overall time!
You’ll do awesome this weekend! Hopefully I’ll see you!
Ah, great training week and yes, I agree about the rest day before the long run. I always did that training for the marathon, rest day before and after. Just lots of stretching! 🙂