How committed am I to my training? I did a long run before work on Monday. It was my slowest long run in two years because I focused on effort over pace due to the heat and humidity. But, I found some speed during my mid-week moderate run. I finished my 7 x 1 mile tempo workout without any problems to round out the week.
July 31st – August 6th
Sunday: 5 miles recovery.
Monday: Long Run. 18 miles.
Tuesday: Rest day.
Wednesday: 7 miles recovery.
Thursday: Moderate Run. 9 miles moderate.
Friday: Tempo Run. 7 x 1 mile w/90 second recoveries.
Saturday: 5 miles recovery
Mileage Total: ~55 Miles
Adaptations. None. The intensity definitely increased, though!
Long Run. 18 miles [Log Details].
This week, my long run fell on a weekday. My coach has me on a 10-day training schedule, which means my long run and other workouts might not fall on the same day each week.
I started reading the Science of Running this week. I thought it would be an interesting experiment if I concentrated on doing long run so effortlessly that my brain would never get the idea that I had to stop. I think most people call this “running easy”.
During the first few miles, I felt a little groggy from running so early. In particular, my legs felt a little heavy. Then, just as I was feeling alert, I experienced GI issues AGAIN! I tried the restroom door at a park just off the trail but it was locked. (Sigh.) I listened to podcasts during the run, which kept my mind off the discomfort but also the pace.
About an hour later, I stopped to use a port-a-potty at Gravelly Point. I felt a “second wind” after the pit stop and ran a little harder for a while but when I thought about how far I had to go, dialed it back.
Overall, I slowed down so much that I didn’t really struggle despite the heat and humidity. It was the slowest long run I’ve done in years but it didn’t feel like a slog. My form never broke down to the slumped-over shuffle that it’s been lately.
Moderate Run. 9 miles [Log Details].
The weather turned cooler on Wednesday. The heat wave had broken. Yes!
Early on, I tried to tap into what felt like a “moderate” effort. I wanted to finish the run thinking, That wasn’t bad. I didn’t really check my Garmin and just ran by effort for the first few miles. But, when I hit the flat section of the Mount Vernon Trail, I saw I was running low 8:00 pace! What?! Strangely, I really didn’t feel like I would have described the effort as “moderate”.
About 5 or 6 miles into the run, I was working a little harder to keep my form together. But, tried to straddle the line between what would feel “moderate” at the end of the run and what would feel “hard”. I also reminded myself that I had a tempo run the next day. Still, I felt I would need to run a lot harder for this run to have felt like an all out effort.
In the end, I couldn’t believe how fast I finished! I haven’t run this fast outside since March!
Tempo Run. 7 x 1 mile w/90 second recoveries [Log Details].
I think my coach intentionally left out any reference to pace for this workout. I was fine with that. Since reading The Science of Running, (well, starting it anyway), I’ve been trying to tap into effort more than pace. I was assigned 4 x 200m to run before the interval session.
Even though I wanted to run by effort – I told myself I needed to run only as hard as it took to finish all 7 repeats feeling “very tired” at the end – I used my HR monitor to see how that perception of effort showed up. During the first three repetitions, I tried to keep my HR in the 68-72 range. By the fourth and fifth interval, I let my HR spike a little but still tried to stay in that neighborhood. For the last two, I ran mostly by feel but watched my HR on some of the steeper sections.
In the end, the run was close to 12 miles when the warm-up, cool-down, and 200m strides were taken into account. It was a pretty hard workout but not impossible.
Splits=8:21, 8:35, 8:20, 8:28, 8:26, 8:19, 8:35. Average=8:26.
Generally, I felt great. My hips and glutes were a little sore all week. It wasn’t quite the pain I felt when my piriformis was acting up but more like the discomfort from using muscles that haven’t been used in a while. I’ve noticed I’m running more upright since last Saturday’s tempo run on the treadmill.
Much more tolerable than last week. Morning temperatures were in the 70s all week with 70% humidity once the morning dew layer burned off.