This week may be my highest mileage week. I decided when getting back into this marathon thing I would ease back into it. This week I think I have max'ed out at 42 miles. I'm five weeks out, so I may have another week that is around 35-40 miles, but I will decide that week to week.
This week I had a 20 miler on the plan for Tuesday. I decided to run 8 miles on Monday, and double up the 2 distance days, like I did recently with the 8 miler and the 18 miler (Sat. and Sun). In the past, I've typically always had the day before my long run either off all together, or sometimes a low mileage day, like 4-5 miles. I wanted to experiment this time around with doubling up the mileage within roughly a 24-26 hour period.
Monday I ran 8 and walked 1/2 mile, and a gym workout.
Tuesday - 20.2 miles.
My husband was off so he was sweet enough to drop me off 6 miles down the road, and then he picked me up hours later, 20 miles North. We dropped my waters the day before on our way home from running errands.
Wed was off
Thurs - 5 miles then date day in New Orleans, and the Jack Reacher movie with the hubby.
Friday was off
Sat - still working toward Yasso's 800s - 2 weeks ago I did the 7X800. Today was 9x800. and in 2 weeks I will do the full Yasso 800s workout (10X800 with 400 recovery). I was excited that I was able to get back to the track to do this workout. You may recall the last time (7X800) I did it on the road. The road is cool to mix things up, but I do enjoy the track. Yasso's is not an easy workout. I've been so surprised at how easily I've been able to do these workouts. (remember, I've been basically off for 3.5 years). I'm a total believer that "muscle memory" is a true thing. I averaged 3:55 for the 9-800s with equal recovery (roughly 4:00).
1 - 3:57, 2- 3:57, 3 - 3:56, 4 - 3:54, 5- 3:55, 6- 3:55, 7- 3:56, 8- 3:55, 9- 3:52
With the warm-up, cool down, 800s and recovery, I ended up with 9 miles. This workout just PUMPS ME UP ! I'm still working on the mind work. For the last 3 repeats, I keep saying, "I will NEVER give in the last 3, I will NEVER give in the last 3, I will NEVER give in the last 2", etc. etc
For the 20 miler, at mile 16, I kept saying "I will never give in the last 4 miles", "fast to the finish"
Sunday off and my week is done ! It's been great !