I'm looking forward to that last part the most.
Week twelve saw some major accomplishments. And everyone likes writing out their accomplishments.
1) Longest long run since 2/8/2015: 16.00 miles
Coincidentally (if you believe in coincidence, which I don't) this was close to exactly a year ago. This was the last long run before I decided my foot should no longer continue to support my weight, much less my running habit. My run on Saturday was hard, (I wrote about it here) but not impossible. I was exhausted. And it's scary to think a marathon is ten miles further than that. But it was still an awesome confidence booster.
2) 28.1 miles for the week. Highest mileage week since this same week in February last year as well, which was 46 miles...
At one point in my life I would have considered 28.1 miles mediocre and possibly laughable weekly mileage for marathon training. I was pushing 50 miles a week and thought that was the bad-ass point: 50 miles. But 28 miles in only three runs per week is pretty great and I'm happy with it.
Here's what went down:
Monday - awesome indoor ride - 45 minutes
Tuesday - 6 really easy miles
Wednesday - rest
Thursday - 6 easy but faster miles
Friday - 30 minutes bike, easy
Saturday - 16 miles - really hard but overall good
Sunday - rest
If my foot hadn't been hurting I think I would have made the time for a ride today, or even a run since it was so nice out. But I think rest was a good thing for me this week. Even a hard bike ride is enough to aggravate my tendinitis. I feel good about the week, I'm proud of my long run.
I either have to be better about sticking to my plan, or stop feeling guilty for not sticking to my plan. I really do intend to do the workouts, I just can't get myself to push beyond what's comfortable right now. I don't know how to interpret that. Is it fear of injury, is it borderline burn-out, or is it laziness? I'm not motivated to hit more running miles - because of my injury I'm being really conservative. Previously, it felt so good hitting a lot of miles (more than necessary, usually). Now, I'm just not doing it. I'm happy to hit the ones I have planned, and I have been. But I need to be doing the non-running workouts with more intention.
In the next twelve weeks I want to stay focused on hitting all my runs, which I've been doing already. I actually don't think I've missed a run besides being out of town. I also want to make sure I'm getting in 2-3 rides per week, even if they're easy. The third thing I want to add in is more strength training - mainly glutes and core. I'm doing a good job with calf raises - I do them pretty much any time, any where. But the stuff you can't just do waiting in line at the grocery store has to get done, too.