Six mile redemption and a question
Monday, October 04, 2010
No I didn’t run a 10K race per se, I raced against memories. As some of you may know I’m running my first ½ in November and then run/walking one with a friend in December, two weeks apart. I’ve been training for triathlons all year but after my last race in August, I officially gave up racing. Yeah, right (read last post). Anyway, my last two 6 miles runs, rather they be a training run or as part of a triathlon, have been horrible to say the least. Sunday I was scheduled for a 5 miler and was supposed to get up prior to church but alas my lazy bug got the best of me and well, I slept in. With hubby working on finishing up our shed we have been building I didn’t think I would get a run in. But he decided late afternoon to take the kids to the park to fly a kite, yippee I can run while they are doing that. So we set out for a park that is used for the Frigid 5 mile race in February. Hilly, but hey we all need hill training. On the way over to the park I was watching the mileage to see if I did one loop at the park (approximately 2.5 miles) then ran back I could actually get 6 miles in! So it was set, I would get redemption from my last 6 mile run.
I started running trying to keep my pace down because I was striving for negative splits. But I felt good. Might have been the cool weather, might have been that I’ve ran more days this week, might have been the Lady GaGa or could have been a combination. I trudged up each hill without stopping and at a decent pace too! I got the first loop done at the park, stopped real quick to check in with hubby and the kids and then started off towards home. I didn’t get negative splits after my first two miles but I was consistent with my times. All around 11:00/mile mark. I was doing good until about mile 5 when my knee started talking to me for some reason. I tried adjusting my stride and it seemed to help but at some point, I thought I was going to have to walk, and I just didn’t want to. So I pushed it. I finished 6 miles in less than 66 minutes! I did it. I can run 6 miles. I did walk, called the hubby to come back and get me, he had passed me taking Emily to church plus I knew I couldn’t run further and I was still about 2.5 miles from home. All in all, it was a great run! I rolled last night on my hip and today my knee is a little sore but nothing bad. I will stretch and roll some more tonight.
I have a question for my fellow runners though. My schedule has me running three times a week, two mid week runs (Wednesday/Friday) and then my long run on Sunday (do I cross train and lift on the other days). This past week I ran more. Tuesday I ran 2 miles, Wednesday 3 miles, Thursday 2 miles, Saturday 2 miles and then Sunday 6 miles. Some total mileage I should have ran just spread out to 5 days. I know a lot of people don’t run “junk” miles, but all the days, with the exception of yesterday I had negative splits. My question is do you think it hurts to spread mileage out throughout the week but keep my long run as schedule? Or should I just add another day for a total of four days running. I’m scheduled for the same mileage this week. I was able to run each day consecutively without pain or soreness. Today is my rest day and always is, I guess tomorrow will tell if I am sore. Just wondering what everyone’s thoughts are…..