My writing brain has been working overtime the past few weeks, since that’s the vast majority of the work I’m able to do from home. So I’m still here, everything’s ok, I just don’t always have the brainpower to write a blog post.
A summary of the past three weeks:
March 23-29: 16.7 miles
A sorta crappy recovery week. My legs needed the recovery, but at the same time I wanted to run more for stress reduction purposes. I at least got out to an empty trail one day, though I forgot that the trail being empty also meant the snow wouldn’t be packed down. Makes for a good calf workout, but a slow run.
And on another day this week, Kara and I got caught in a bit of graupel.
March 30 – April 5: 31.8 miles
Another rough week – my goal was 35 – 37 miles, but allergy symptoms hit me hard this week. I actually ended up with 6 runs this week because I went out for a long run Saturday and only made it 3 miles before I called it quits, but I was able to manage 9 on Sunday.
April 6 – 12: 36.7 miles
Finally a good week, where I got in the mileage I’d hoped for last week. It also helped that I was able to get out of our neighborhood for two runs this week – my calf muscles have been really stiff from all the road running I’ve done recently.
First “off road” run – I was the only car in the parking lot for this trail, which was maybe because the snow got significantly less packed down under a mile up the trail. I ended up with 1.6 miles on the trail and 2.4 on the dirt road to the trailhead.
This weekend we got another snowstorm, which brings empty running paths – not because anyone here avoids the cold/snow, but because most people are skiing instead!
Sunday I got out of the neighborhood again – not the only car in the parking lot this time, but only two others. Though this was offset a bit by the two people who refused to get out of the middle of the road when we passed each other.
Next week is another recovery week, and the week after is supposed to start the “intensity” phase of my training plan – but I’m thinking I might add in another cycle of base phase. We’ll see.