This week I’m taking a break and cutting back my mileage for the week. I’ve finally managed to have a string of consistent mileage weeks, which I am so happy about. But the flip side of that is that I’m exhausted! All three of my runs last week were really tough. On Tuesday I wanted to run 5 but only made it to 4.25. Thursday I made it through 5 but had to take a walk break in the middle. Saturday I had previously planned a 6-mile long run but decided to be flexible and ended up running a pretty decent 4. Total mileage was 13.25, not too shabby, but I had been aiming for 15.
So this week I am cutting back to 9 or 10 miles, and going with a long run. I realized that my body just needs a break. I was having a string of bad runs before I sprained my ankle a month ago. Then I had a week off from running for that, and my runs afterward were great. Well, now its been a month and I’m getting tired, so I’ll take a break before I start having bad runs.
Its funny that my body is sore when I haven’t done anything since Saturday. I think this is a little bit what it feels like to taper for a marathon. And my longest run is only 6.25! Depending on how I feel I might just cut my runs back even more. I’ve learned over the last two years, or really over the last six months or so, that I need to be flexible.
This week is also a race, the Literacy Network run. I finally registered for the 5K last night. I had thought about the 10K, but I’m nowhere near ready for that, and thats OK.
After the cutback week, I’m going to use a 10K training plan for the 8 weeks before the Berbee Derby. The mileage is right on what I’ve been doing and I think it will help my energy because it has short runs included. I’ve been doing mostly medium and long runs lately. I’m also hoping to get back into cross training.