The last few weeks have been incredibly hectic - hence, the long silence - and, after 10k yesterday and another 26k today, I'm too pooped to write much tonight.
The short version is that marathon training continues to go well, though I'm definitely feeling its effects. I increased my total kilometrage at a reasonable rate but may have increased the intensity a little too quickly. I went from doing very little hill or speed training to doing a session of each per week and it seems my body's not entirely happy about it. When I saw my chiro and massage therapist last week, both noted my legs were extremely tight and encouraged me to stretch more. And by encouraged I mean they inflicted enough discomfort working out the knots in my calves, quads, neck and shoulders that I feel motivated to be much more conscientious about stretching and doing yoga in the coming weeks.
Of course, part of the stress on my body has nothing to do with training. Work is very busy at the moment, we're in the midst of a major kitchen renovation, and I'm planning our next European adventure in June. Added to which, I haven't been sleeping all that well and we did a four-day birthday visit to PEI over the Easter weekend. (I hope to write a more detailed account of that trip later this week.) No wonder I'm tired.
In any case, after a reasonably restful day yesterday and lots of time with family and friends today, I feel I'm starting the new week reasonably refreshed. Good thing. My schedule calls for me to do hills, speed work and a 29km run by this time next week. Yikes.
For those who enjoy seeing pictures from my runs, here are some from the two runs I did along the Charlottetown waterfront in PEI last weekend. Temperatures were cool (around 0 degrees C) but the big blue sky and brisk winds were positively intoxicating!
And here are a few pics from my 26k along the South Shore today. Again, the weather was stunning!
I feel fortunate to be able to run in such beautiful places.
For the geeks in the crowd, here are the stats for the past two weeks:
March 25 - 31
Total # runs: 4
Total kms: 45 kms
Longest run: 19.5 kms
Hill training: 1 x 7 hills
Tempo runs: 1 x 8 kms
Other training: yoga (1 hour)
Total # runs: 3
Total kms: 44 kms
Longest run: 26 kms
Tempo runs: 1 x 8 kms
Happy running and writing, friends!