I had to take my cat to the vet to get her teeth cleaned. I scheduled it for Monday because I usually take Monday off running. Is this:
b) Good planning.
c) Stop running already.
Don’t answer that.
This is what I did last week:
Monday (9 August): Ran 3 mi (9.6 min/mi); biked 17.4 mi; lifted legs.
Tuesday: AM – ran 7.5 mi (10 min/mi). PM – ran 3 mi (10.9 min/mi).
Wednesday: 2x3mi with 1/2 mi recovery between – first 3 mi at 7.8 min/mi, second 3 mi at 8.3 min/mi; biked 16.5 mi.
Thursday: Ran 7.8 mi (9.9 min/mi).
Friday: Ran 10 mi (9.4 min/mi – this was split between the track and treadmill – I had been planning to do 15 before it rained. Oh well.)
Saturday: Ran for 1:09:09 on the Lakefront Trail in Chicago (about 7.6 mi).
Sunday: Ran for 49:55 on the Lakefront Trail (about 5 mi). Ran 3 mi (10.4 min/mi) in Madison.
Total: (approx) 54.4 miles in 8:39:12, 9.5 minutes per mile. That’s exactly the same as last week’s pace.
So I failed to take an off day, and after Wednesday’s combo of speed work plus bike my knee (left) started to play up and I had to tape it on Thursday/Friday. But today it feels fine. I took today off from running and I’ll probably take Friday off too – I have a half marathon on Saturday. Hopefully it will predict the marathon time I should be aiming for (I’m hoping I’ll go sub two hours, which would give me a shot at a sub-4 marathon). Whee. A lot will depend on the weather, though – I do all right with wind, and decently with heat, but humidity, especially when combined with heat, really slows me down.