This week was another big mileage week. I ran eight percent more miles—an increase of four miles—for a grand total of 52. Next week I plan to run 56 and peak at 60 miles the following week. Then the taper period will begin.
Monday, Apr. 11
I ran a 12-mile tempo run, with mile splits at or just under race goal pace. I ran an out and back on Lakefront Trail. It was a nice day. It was a little on the chilly side and there was a breeze, but when isn’t there in Chicago, seriously?! The run felt hard. I felt like I was working really hard to knock out splits that should feel pretty controlled. I got through it though. My fastest split was 6:48 and slowest split was 7:08. I’m hoping that my tempo run next week Monday will feel more relaxed.
Tuesday, Apr. 12
I ran 4 miles after lifting weights at the gym.
Wednesday, Apr. 13
I ran 5x 1 mile repeats at 9.5 mph (6:18 pace) on the treadmill with 0.4 miles active recovery between hard efforts. Mile repeats are one of my new favorite workouts.
Thursday, Apr. 14
No running today. Megan and I went to the Cubs game! It was our first game of the 2016 season. They had good offense against the Reds and won convincingly.
Friday, Apr. 15
I ran a 4-mile recovery run at the gym. There was hardly anyone there, which didn’t come as too much of a surprise given the Blackhawks were playing the Blues in round one of the playoffs. Megan and I went to Roots later on to cheer them on and enjoy some delicious Quad City-style pizza.
Saturday, Apr. 16
I ran 19 miles for my long run this week. It was a sunny, all around beautiful day. There were a ton of people out on Lakefront Trail enjoying the weather with me. Although the sun was out, there was a chill in the air and on the way back I ran into a headwind making it feel chillier than it really was. I probably started out too fast. I didn’t have a single spit at 8:00 or slower, which is what I aim to run the slow portion of my long runs. I had to stop a few times during the last six miles. My lower back was sore and tight and I had to stretch it out in order to keep going. It was a battle to finish, but I made it. Besides a sore back there was another casualty: the second to smallest toe nail on my left foot. It started turning black several days back, meaning there was blood under the nail and it was dead. Well, I cut the nail down to drain the blood and that made it feel much better. I also walked away from this run with a sunburn on my neck. All in all this run was a battle.
Sunday, Apr. 17
I ran a 6-mile recovery run from our apartment to Wrigley Field and back. There were still Cubs fans lingering around the stadium and bars after a tough 0-2 loss against the Rockies. I ran 7:15 pace, which is considerably faster than my typical recovery pace. It was just one of those runs that felt easy. I was very loose and relaxed. It helped that the weather was perfect.