As runners we tend to be either in training for a race or recovering from one. Or both!
I am usually both.
I like to keep a busy schedule. So the amount of time I leave myself for recovery is minimal.
But I try to space things far enough apart that I can take a recovery week and then rebuild from base.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that I can’t just keep a high level of mileage. My poor body (celiac – anemic – osteopenia) just can’t handle it.
So, I reset to base level. Which means 10-12 mile long runs and rebuilding from there.
This week was recovery. I actually (and yes I know it’s hard to believe) did not run until Friday. That’s a whole four days without a run.
Monday was a nice easy short walk to keep the legs loose. Tuesday gentle biking, Wednesday a 5 mile walk, and Thursday rest. So by Friday I was itching to run. My plan, knowing I would take the weekend off, was 6-8 miles. I ended up doing 8. Because it was a spectacular morning. And while my legs would have preferred the 6, my brain needed the 8.
And the weekend of full rest did wonders. Because I went out Monday morning and ran 5 miles of negative splits ending in a .05 mile kick at a 6:30 pace. Lol
Recovery is now officially over. Let the training begin.
My next “major” race is my Ultra. On July 25th.
The stepping stones leading up to it are a memorial day weekend 5k with my sole sister Karen. A half marathon June 7th. The Corporate Challenge mid-June (3.5 miles) and the finish at the 50 10k July 3rd.
Also between now and then is a family wedding and a vacation. So flexibility of schedule will be required.
And once again I will again be working towards both speed and distance. A balance. Short and zippy – long and slow. And I mean slow. As in if I am going to do a 31-39 mile race I need to learn to go slow and stay there. 🙂
My sole sister Lori asked me during the Providence marathon what my goal is for my June half. (Because yes even during a race we discuss what’s on the horizon). I replied I have no idea. It’s just an accountability race. A way to make sure that I don’t slack in the recovery world too long and am honest about rebuilding. Sub 2:10 will be fine. Sub 2:05 would be fun. But – since I already got my 2:00 to use for Disney seeding, it’s a no pressure race. And those are fun. 🙂
So…. I’ve raced. I’ve recovered. Time to repeat!
Happy Tuesday and Happy Running!!