I oughtta know since I've trained for five marathons (and two ultras).
It's been exciting to see my mileage grow, almost exponentially, in such a relatively short span of time. Although it's ever-so-tempting to continue with this routine, it might be in my best interest to take either a recovery week or scale back the mileage a bit. After all, marathon training isn't constant high mileage days everyday....there is usually a base-building phase, then a maintenance phase (with some increased long runs on the weekend), and there are recovery days during each week as well as scaled back "recovery weeks" periodically (more on this later).
Anyways, here's what went down this past week:
Monday was another cool morning, but not as cool as it had been. Don't get me wrong, I like being outside in ALL temps, but these October-like temps in August are just not what I'm wanting right now. After missing out on a big chunk of my prime summer-running in June and July, I'm just not ready for fall temps just yet. I prefer these October-like temps in October, thank you very much. None the less, I did have a nice walk in the wee hours (#nevermissaMonday), and finished the day with a total of five miles.
|And I found a quarter shining under the glow of a street lamp!
|The moon was still high and bright in the early morning sky
|I just love the deep blue of the sky
|Aren't filters fun to play with?
My thoughts are to continue the early morning walks (usually 2-3 miles), but take a pass on doing the evening walks every night (maybe just doing those on MWF). Also, I'd like to incorporate a longer walk on the weekends (similar to race training). What are your thoughts?
In case you missed them, here's my blog posts from last week:
*Are YOU Race Day READY?
*Running: It's a Family Affair
Road to Recovery update:
***Mobility is good. I can walk like nothing ever happened to me. I'm still leery of when the running will happen. I don't have clearance to run yet (and I don't expect to get that for a few more weeks at the minimum).
***Range of motion is constantly improving. I have noticed I can get in/out of my car easier now...these long legs (especially the right leg with the compromised knee) are kind of high-maintenance when it comes to getting this body into confined spaces.
|Progress...from the day the stitches came out (July 11) to Saturday (August 12)
Thursday, August 10th, was our 27th anniversary of (mostly) wedded bliss. Hard to believe we're old enough to have been married that long and have three grown kids. I'm thankful for running (and fitness in general) for keeping us active and feeling good.
|dinner with my dude of 27 years
And, one last thing. My latest undertaking is the start-up of a local rock painting group (you can find us at Grinnell Painted Rock Project). Have you seen the popularity of painted rocks? I haven't seen any in my hometown, so I wanted to do something about it. The concept is quite simplistic...you paint a rock (or several) and place it somewhere in hopes that it will brighten someone else's day when they find it. Pay-it-forward, if you will, but with an artsy flair.
|Some of my creations
That's the latest and greatest in my little corner of the universe. Tell me about your week...how's the weather? Training? Recovery? Any painted rocks in your area?