Even though it's been July for a couple days now, I just can't get used to the idea that July 4th is tomorrow. It's weird! June went by so quickly! But July 4th=holiday, so I'll take it.
Today marks the end of my first week of MCM 2011 training. I went by Hal Higdon's Intermediate 1 schedule, and I felt good. I was considering either that training plan or the Novice 2 plan, and even though I'm hoping to stick with Intermediate 1, I figure that if I really need to, I can fall back to Novice 2. I think having a contingency like this will work well for me--hopefully it will help me to avoid the sort of stress and anxiety that could result from missing a few days of training.
Overall, this week went really well. My training plan calls for 5 runs a week, and even though that can sometimes seem like a lot, I feel like I'm at my best when I spread my mileage out over several days like this. Four days of running per week is usually the minimum amount that I like--anything less than that and my mood starts to dip. During those weeks when I'm able to fit in five runs, I feel really good. And I think it's worth mentioning that this week, I didn't fall victim to my usual weekend depression. So maybe five really is some kind of magic number.
Tuesday: 3 miles
Wednesday: 3.4 miles (I had been planning on doing 5 but pulled a last minute switcheroo for LUNAChix-related reasons)
Friday: 5.2 miles
Saturday: 8 miles
Sunday: 4.5 miles
Total: 24.1 (unless my math is way off, which is entirely possible)
I'm hoping that next week will be just as good as this one. I don't feel overtired, I don't feel like it was difficult to get my miles in, and even though I wish the week had been slightly more balanced (doing 3, 5, 3, 5, and then 8), I'm really pleased overall. For next week, I'm hoping to get a yoga session in and get in another 5 runs. Next week the long run increases to 9 miles, which is the longest I will have run since the Brooklyn Half, if I'm remembering correctly. Wish me luck!
How did your week go? How is the upcoming week looking?
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