So we’re down to the home stretch in this 100 mile July thing. There is exactly one week to go from here. Here is how last week went:
- Thursday 17th:Â 3.5 miles
- Friday:Â 6.9 miles
- Saturday: 4.5 miles
- Sunday:Â Color Run, 3.1 miles
- Monday:Â 11.1 miles – on aÂ MONDAYÂ I tell ya!
- Total: 29.1 miles!
That’s 75.6 miles overall for July, and only 24.4 to go this week.
Now there’s an overall mileage goal – as opposed to a specific goal for that individual workout – I’ve got a different approach to training. When I only ran 3.5 miles on Thursday, for example, I knew I’d have to do a mammoth run at some point to make up the miles. So I’ve had to plan out the week rather than just running what I want, or doing what my training plan tells me for that day. And weigh short & long runs vs more consistent, evenly spread runs.
By Saturday’s run I was tired. I had done nine days in a row, with only one rest day in the middle. Which, to be honest, is unlike me. I like two or three runs dispersed with rest days. On Â Saturday morning, Durham experienced some classic Sydney-mugginess: the sky was grey, and the air was heavy and warm. I was dripping with sweat, and my legs felt like they were made of concrete.
I also think that I’ve not been eating properly for all this – I was still on my post-marathon, calm-your-carbs-woman diet, which is fine for more infrequent running, but not this. Luckily on the weekend we had both a wedding and a BBQ of immense proportions, so by Monday’s 11 miler I was on top form again.
My Color Run posse and I have just signed up for the Neon Run in October! I am verrrrry excited about this one. I am excited about the novelty of running a race at night, and being covered in neon lights. It falls under the same category as the silent disco in terms of ‘Things I Had Never Imagined, Yet Bloody Love’. If they could make the neon run a silent disco as well, I think my head would explode.
Our running party planner is a pal of mine called Jow Baby. She comes to my Monday night running group, and is also an instructor at the pole school. She always makes me laugh on a Monday because – during the runs – she doesn’t always have the best time, and isn’t shy of telling me. But then afterwards I always get a text saying how much fun she’d had. The reason I mention her is that she’s a fine example of how hard it can hurt when you’re in the middle, but the satisfaction and runner’s high you get afterwards makes up for it (At least, I hope it does…)! All you have to do is keep going.
And also, props to her for being our running-party-planner, and encouraging everyone to actually run during the Color Run.
Happy Thursday! Remember to eat right before you run, or your legs will feel like concrete! #LessonOfTheWeek