Week of 1/26/15 – 2/1/15: Tom King Half Training, Week 11

Better late than never, right?

week of 1/26/15 to 2/1/15

Monday: 6 miles (11:13 avg pace)
Tuesday: rest day
Wednesday: 10x800m – 7.2 miles total (10:37 avg pace)
Thursday: 3.1 miles (11:08 avg pace)
Friday: rest day
Saturday: 5.5 miles (10:54 avg pace)
Sunday: 8 miles (10:27 avg pace)

This week started out with a lot of muscle soreness. That relatively speedy 11 miler last week really got me. Since I had to move my schedule around this week to accommodate a Preds game on Tuesday, I chose to do an easy run on Monday for recovery.

Wednesday’s speedwork went well, but the soreness lingered. My legs felt so heavy and tired on Saturday that I cut my run a half mile short (okay, the fact that I didn’t have water and the loop I was running was 2.75 miles long both may have played into that as well).

So, I was surprised that my legs felt relatively okay going into Sunday’s long run. I actually felt pretty strong for all eight miles.

“You were supposed to do twelve miles, though!” you might say.

Yes, even though my legs felt fine, I still cut my long run short this week. I had several different reasons for doing so, but the main ones were:
a. I started experiencing some major GI discomfort right at the time I circled back to my car before heading out on the last 4 mile leg of the run.
b. I was concerned with overtraining because of how I had felt all week.
c. I was worried about a time crunch to make queso before the Super Bowl.

I’m no stranger to overtraining, and I knew going into this plan that it was pretty aggressive. (I mean, several 30+ mile weeks in a row when I’ve never run a 30 mile week before?) I decided that it was probably smarter to cut this week a little short so that I could focus more on my training half next weekend (my dress rehearsal).

That said, since I did cut it short, I only got to try one of the new Huma flavors. I went for apples and cinnamon, which was pretty good. I don’t think it was the cause of my GI issues, as I already had some discomfort before even starting the run. Oh well.

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