This week was 79.5 miles of “real running” and 16 “miles” pool running, plus 1500 yards of swimming breathing drills -- training log is here.
A high week in terms of mileage, but low in terms of intensity. I developed a bit of a sinus infection at the start of the week. I was never horribly sick, but I wanted to be sure I didn’t get horribly sick. My concerns about getting sick were compounded by the fact that work’s also been a bit crazy, which adds to the overall stress on my system. I guess I’ve seen this story again and again – training’s going well, and then you start feeling sick or develop a niggle, at the same time that life becomes increasingly stressful and you’re running short on rest. So…you insist on doing your workouts as planned anyway, and next thing you know, you really are majorly sick (or injured or overtrained). And you’ve set yourself back.
I decided that wasn’t going to happen to me. So I played it safe by skipping Tuesday’s track workout in lieu of easy mileage (doing everything like I would have done on Tuesday, except the workout), and also kept Friday’s tempo very conservative. And by Sunday my sinuses were fine again, just in time for some great weather to roll through. I actually only meant to run 18 on Sunday, but screwed up my run math and went too far out on the trail. Since the run was scheduled as 18-20, I'm hoping that 19.5 miles wasn't the biggest sin in the world.
This coming week’s a pretty big cut-back, as I’m racing a half-marathon next Sunday. Work’s looking like it will continue to be very heavy this week, so I’m going to have to make an extra effort to prioritize rest to the extent I can.