This week was 35 miles of running, 28 "miles" of pool-running, and 3000 yards of swimming -- training log is here.
This was an "intermission" week - no track workouts, just four days of pool-running, fun stuff like swimming and yoga, and junk food. This was followed by easy running at the end of the week before returning to "work" on Sunday.
Why? Well...in the past 10 weeks, I've raced 7 times (one road mile, two 5ks, two 10Ks, a 10 miler, and a half-marathon). That's a lot. I've got another 6 weeks to go before the conclusion of my self-defined spring season with another half-marathon, So I eased off this week to ensure I'm fresh in mid-June.
I could tell I was due for some extra recovery because I didn't hate the idea of downtime. In fact, this was actually my idea, though my coach signed off on it. As soon as the idea of a break isn't annoying, I know I need one. And I also know it worked, because by the fourth day of pool-running and junk food, I was really resisting the urge to go running. And it took extra willpower not to show up for the Friday workout (in my defense, the weather was perfect).
Another reason to back off this week? I've been running very well. As I've learned from both observation and direct experience, those magic periods of PR after PR are also extremely high risk. That's when you get greedy, and try to build just a little bit more. And that's when you break. By pulling way back this week, I'm trying to control that temptation, and the near-inevitable result.
As the careful reader will note, I wasn't sedentary. Rather, I used this week to enjoy stuff that I skip or limit during training. For example, I did a fairly long swim focusing on different drills - something that I can't fit in during a running training cycle. I also took yoga classes on the days that I'm normally at the track so that I could experience different instructors. The result that I was mentally refreshed, more than I would have been had I sat on the couch.
Monday: In the morning, 7 "miles" pool-running. Foam rolling at night.
Tuesday: In the morning, gentle yoga and 6 "miles" pool-running. Foam rolling at night.
Wednesday: In the morning, 6 "miles" pool-running and 2000 yards swimming. Foam rolling at night.
Thursday: In the morning, upper body weights and core and 9 "miles" pool-running. Foam rolling at night.
Friday: In the morning, 7 miles easy to yoga (8:42), yoga, and then 4 miles very easy (8:42) home followed by drills and strides. Foam rolling at night.
Saturday: 10 miles very easy (9:02) plus upper body strengthwork and core. Foam rolling in the afternoon.
Sunday: In the morning, 14 miles progressive, split as first 4 at 9:03; next 5 at 7:34 (too fast - should have been no faster than 7:45); last 5 at 6:57. Followed with injury prevention work and 1000 yards recovery swimming. Foam rolling in the afternoon.