Sunday Run-down: June 27-July 3

Even though it’s been July for a couple days now, I just can’t get used to the idea that July 4th is tomorrow.  It’s weird!  June went by so quickly!  But July 4th=holiday, so I’ll take it.

Today marks the end of my first week of MCM 2011 training.  I went by Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 1 schedule, and I felt good.  I was considering either that training plan or the Novice 2 plan, and even though I’m hoping to stick with Intermediate 1, I figure that if I really need to, I can fall back to Novice 2.  I think having a contingency like this will work well for me–hopefully it will help me to avoid the sort of stress and anxiety that could result from missing a few days of training.

Overall, this week went really well.  My training plan calls for 5 runs a week, and even though that can sometimes seem like a lot, I feel like I’m at my best when I spread my mileage out over several days like this.  Four days of running per week is usually the minimum amount that I like–anything less than that and my mood starts to dip.  During those weeks when I’m able to fit in five runs, I feel really good.  And I think it’s worth mentioning that this week, I didn’t fall victim to my usual weekend depression.  So maybe five really is some kind of magic number.

So how did the week look?

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: 3.4 miles (I had been planning on doing 5 but pulled a last minute switcheroo for LUNAChix-related reasons)

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 5.2 miles

Saturday: 8 miles

Sunday: 4.5 miles

Total: 24.1 (unless my math is way off, which is entirely possible)

I’m hoping that next week will be just as good as this one.  I don’t feel overtired, I don’t feel like it was difficult to get my miles in, and even though I wish the week had been slightly more balanced  (doing 3, 5, 3, 5, and then 8), I’m really pleased overall.  For next week, I’m hoping to get a yoga session in and get in another 5 runs.  Next week the long run increases to 9 miles, which is the longest I will have run since the Brooklyn Half, if I’m remembering correctly.  Wish me luck!

How did your week go?  How is the upcoming week looking?



  1. Just looking at your mileage makes me a little jealous! Plus the thought that maybe if I could only run 5 days a week, then my weekend saddies would be eliminated! 🙂

    But I’m so glad to hear that it seems like this week’s running helped you feel pretty good. I hope that continues and I’ll be cheering you on throughout this training cycle!

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