Last week I set a personal goal to run 65 miles during the week. I’ve been gradually increasing my weekly mileage for months and have stuck to the runner’s rule that one shouldn’t increase mileage more than 10% per week. Despite creating a solid base, avoiding injury and feeling physically capable of tackling the challenge, 65 miles in a week still felt unattainable. I kept wondering how could someone fit in ALL those miles in and still work full time, eat, sleep and maintain personal relationships? Could it be done? Could I run that much and still have energy to be me? The 65-mile week was as much a psychological goal as it was a physical one.
The results: I did it! I logged 66.5 miles last week. I didn’t sleep enough and it’s something that I’ll have to make a priority in the future. Daily chores such as laundry and dish washing took a back seat, and I was cranky all day Sunday – possibly the result of being slightly dehydrated from the trail run.
Here’s a peek at what my running schedule from last week. I’m still without a Garmin so I relied on mapmyrun.com, a friend’s Garmin and my own somewhat archaic calculations based on average miles per hour to figure out the distances (I always round down and estimate conservatively, so I’m confident that I ran at least 66.5 miles).
Monday: Weight lifting in the morning. 10 miles in the evening.
Tuesday: Interval/speed work on the track. 600 repeats, 500 repeats and 400 repeats, warm-up and cool down = 8 miles
Wednesday: 5 slow miles in the morning before work. 7 hilly miles after work = 12 miles
Thursday: 10.5 miles on trails. Concentrating on the hills
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 21 miles on trails. Pretty hilly.
Sunday: Slow recovery 5 miles
= 66.5 miles
Personal Note: Right now this accomplishment feels hollow for private reasons. I don’t think blogs are the appropriate places or spaces to air very private matters. But I want to say that running gives me time me to reflect, review and find answers. I can only hope that during my runs this week I can address the issues that are troubling my heart and mind.