This week begged for little tweak in my training plan.
This winter I have been on essentially the same routes for most all of my runs, varying loops and distances. Running in darkness prompted me to stick to the familiar, as I am
FREAKED OUT BY a bit wary of big cats and bears.
The more cars, the fewer the scary critters (usually). So I like to stick to the roads that have - say- 5 or 7 cars in ten miles or the odd school bus. Yes. This seems a bit safer to me, as long as I am well lit.
Monday, I headed out on one of these familiar stretches and had a beautiful sunrise after the first 5 miles. What a blessing: pink and blue over the river! As I got close to my turn-around for loop two, I decided to try an abandoned route- one that leads uphill for several miles into BLM (government forest) roads.
This route has actually been pretty busy lately due to logging, so rather than watch for cougars, I was on log truck look-out.
Nothing like having one of these bad boys screaming at you with an ipod on.
This section of the run could go on for miles uphill. As I got close to my planned turn-around (almost 3 miles uphill), the sound of saws and equipment grew louder. A man in a hard hat was lacing his boots by his truck. They were felling trees across the road! We did the smile/head nod and I made sure it was safe to proceed.
A few minutes later, I was headed downhill for my "easy run" turned hill run.
I couldn't resist picking up speed....I kindof LIKE flying down hills like a SCREAMING Mack Truck.
My thoughts went to another blogger's email about hill runs- how her club is doing long hills and hill tempos to prep for Boston.
The following day I went back- this time for a purposeful tempo on the uphill and the downhill. Now it appears that I am turning into a "hill junkie." 10.9 miles in 1:20 something.
Then I followed it up with weights...which I now have at home thanks to the Goodwill store and my Dad's pickup. (Thanks mom and dad for the delivery :) )
After the two consecutive days of hills and hill tempos, I decided Wednesday to split up my 10 miler (which was helped by my not getting out of bed on time :/ ) 7.3 miles in the morning and about 20 minutes of easy running in the PM.
Today I was a little concerned about a sore left calf (It was sore last night, but not so much today). I decided to do the scheduled mileage, but skip the tempo altogether. I figure I can work it into Saturday's long run, or even wait until my easy cutback week coming up to do it. Sometimes it is better to modify things.
*side note*I had been reading in Noakes book, a section about Fordyce (ultra-marathoner) and he cautions to err on the side of rest, if in doubt. Of course, to the elites, rest is "easy running" or shorter running in most cases. How else would they still do 120 mile weeks?
And so I might end up with 70+ miles this week, which brings me into new territory for MPW. And we shall see how it goes!!
And I am sure some of you might be curious about how my hubby is doing with running. He is still adopting the "Run less/Run faster" approach :) and that seems to work well for him. Jon's done a few short TM sessions each week and Saturday (last), and Wednesday (this week) finally took things to the road for a 5 miler. He still won't commit to a 5K anytime soon, but I know it will happen! I am SO PROUD of his efforts.
Also- since running on the TM - I can say that it functions quite normally for a person my weight, but not surprised that it skips a beat for my football-built hubby.