Whew! Week 14 is in the bag! I have to say, I was nervous about this week. In week 14 last year, the overuse injuries started. This year, I'm doing things a little differently: I'm staying consistent with the cross training and stretching and I'm running easier, not at top speed for every run. I'm also running a lot more miles during the week. It has been explained to me that running 10 miles during the week does not balance out and support a 20 mile run on the weekend. I've always been afraid of high weekly mileage, but here I am, finished with my second 40+ mileage week and I'm feeling great!
My long run this week was 20 miles. I took the little ladies to Michigan for a family birthday party so I was on my own for the long run. I really could have used the conversation with my friends Saturday morning. My grandmother is having serious health problems and my emotions go back and forth between fear, sadness and acceptance. I was in acceptance mode for the first 3 hours of the run. I hit mile 17 and BAM! Waterworks. I cried for the next 3 miles. What the heck is wrong with me?! I was a disaster for the rest of the day. (In my defense, the day before I held it together very well. I was due for a melt down.)
Sunday morning I wanted a few recovery miles. It was pouring so I waited until the rain lightened up a little. I like running in the rain, but a downpour is just asking for chaffing. It was lightly sprinkling when I left. I got about a block away and the rain picked back up. Oh well. I was already wet, might as well keep going. The rain wasn't cold and it wasn't uncomfortable. It was soothing and within minutes I was calm. I let go of all the anxiety and tension I had been holding on to. I think I smiled for the whole run. I saw two other runners out in that mess. One looked totally miserable, it might have been because she was wearing cotton. I felt light and free and content. I even did a split leap over a large puddle. When I got back, I ran up the driveway and my mom was waiting at the door with a towel. The perfect ending to my soggy run. I am so loved. This coming week is going to be a rough one with traveling (without my little ladies) to say goodbye to my grandmother, but I'll manage. Bring on the rain.
Wednesday- Cross train: abs, arms, buns
Thursday- 4.96mi speedwork 3x800
Sunday- recovery 2.76mi
Total for week 14: 40.72mi
April Burpees Challenge
April 9- 9 burpees
April 10- 10 burpees
April 11- 11 burpees
April 12- 12 burpees
April 13- 13 burpees
April 14- 14 push ups (after 20 miles, my legs weren't up for burpees)
April 15- 15 burpees
Total burpees this week: 70
Total burpees in April: 106
How was your training this week?
Do you run in the rain?