4/18 – weights and core toning
4/19 – 5 mile run on treadmill
4/20 – 5 mile run – 1.5 miles on asphalt, 3.5 miles on dirt roads
4/21 – weights and core toning
4/22 – yoga and 4 miles running on treadmill
4/23 – 6 mile run – 2 miles on asphalt, 4 miles on dirt road. Finally – a strong and ‘speedy’ run.
4/24 – 1.5 miles walking
This week was typical of springtime weather – cloudy, windy, rainy, some chilly sunlight… I was able to get out and do some running outside, which was great, and also had to do some running inside. Which is tedious. I’m still not matching my weekly training schedule (and really, I don’t know why). It’s more of a guideline, at this point.
I did decide I will not be going to Montana for the June marathon – too much driving, cost of gas, etc. I’m actually looking forward to a long break – after my May marathon, I don’t have one planned until August. I’m doing a lot of half marathons in July and probably one in June as well, so I’m not taking the time completely off, just skipping that June marathon.
My training has to be about more than getting through one marathon after another and I want to step back and do some of the basics I’ve been skipping. My actual ultra running training plan starts June 12 and I want to have the energy and interest to treat that training plan as more than mere guidelines and more like ‘do or die’.
I don’t want to get burned out and it seems like a good time to make an alteration. So, after Shiprock, I’m all for staying in Colorado for a bit and revisiting some of the halfs I ran last year. Whew! It’s a relief to make that change! So, my faithful readers… you may expect less focus on the mighty 26.2 mile event and more on the fun of it. Because it really is fun and should be.