It’s been a while since I put in any significant mid-week miles and yesterday it showed. I put in 4 on Tuesday, 8 on Wednesday, including 4 miles of intervals, and 8 yesterday. After my marathon last April, I started up again too soon and really exhausted myself. Then, in an attempt to mix up my training, switched from a mile based plan to a time based plan. Even though I was able to complete my goal of 45 miles at Ghost Train, looking back, I don’t think I was training hard enough. On the other hand, I think that if I had trained harder, I might have actually injured myself and not have been able to race at all. Either way, I’m feeling way behind where I think I should be in my training for this year’s TARC Spring Classic.
The most telling example is yesterday’s run. I went out feeling truly beat. The kind of beat you feel in the last part of a race. It was an all-around shit show. It was warmish, but with a pouring rain. A mile in, I cleared my nose and it started bleeding ridiculously, which lasted until about mile 4. A few miles later, all the blood that I had swallowed started to turn my stomach. I kept from barfing, but that made me almost shit myself… All on legs that felt like cement.
I’m glad I got in the 20 miles this week with another 20 planned for the weekend. I haven’t hit 40 in a while and am looking forward to pushing myself on the rail trail if it’s not a skating rink. I love heading out and just doing a long out and back. There’s excitement in exploring new trails, but I also love the comfort of a soothing out and back. I’ll line up some podcasts and just get lost in my head without getting lost in the woods.