Week 2 was actually my sixth straight week of increased weekly mileage and, by the end of it, I was feeling pretty beat. This was actually a blessing because it gave me permission to take it down a notch the following week.
I wrote a disclaimer about my training plan in week 1. In a nutshell: depending on your individual level of fitness and goals, be sure to follow your own plan and nobody else’s.
February 3 – February 9
Monday: Yoga with Adriene: Yoga for Runners
I really like the variety of yoga routines Adriene has on her channel. The ones for runners are great.
Tuesday: EZ: 6.09 miles @ 9:35 pace
Saturday: EZ: 5.03 miles @ 9:42 pace
Sunday: Long Run: 7 miles easy + 5 x 800 @ MP (13.02 miles total)
This long run was supposed to be around 17 miles total, with 8 x 800, but my body wasn’t quite ready for that so I reduced it a bit. The last few 800s felt really hard.
WEEK 2: 41.47 miles
As I said earlier, this was the sixth week in a row I increased my mileage. After Sunday’s long run which left me feeling depleted, I decided to bring down the mileage in week 3, and run only four days instead of five. This is just one example of how I modify the plan as I go depending how I feel.
By the way, I used to run six days a week until last summer when I was constantly feeling tired on runs and rarely felt fully recovered for workouts. After asking a bunch of runners in my club how many days a week they ran (many of whom are a lot faster than I am), I realized that running five days a week was pretty standard. At least, you know, until I become an elite athlete.