Well, I hit 76 miles this week. I’m not really sure how my mileage is creeping up, as it doesn’t feel like I’m running a whole lot more than usual. I think it just sort-of happens, day-by-day and then all of a sudden I get to the weekend and I’m like, whoa. Mileage. My body doesn’t feel any worse for the wear as I’m not doing any speed work at all. I think if I were doing mile repeats and tempo runs then my body would hurt but I’m not, so it doesn’t. Here’s how my running week went down:
Monday– My friend Kristen answered my cries for help and offered to watch Callum for me while I had Suzy time. Bless her heart. She and her family live in Langley so I drove out there, hung out for a while and then ran the trail in my old stomping ground of Fort Langley. It was super special for me to go back there and run those trails along the river again!
Tuesday– The weather was AWFUL. I drove to Lora’s and I could barely see while I was driving on the freeway for all the freezing rain! This run was ugly, but needed. It was so great to run with Lora again, and as usual, we talked non-stop.
Wednesday– I got in a solid and hilly 10 miler outside in the rain with an average of 7:30 min/miles, with one mile at 6:58 and a couple other ones at 7:15. I was happy about that.
Thursday– Katie left today for a short trip with her auntie and cousins, so she watched Callum for me this morning while I got a slow 10 mile run in.
Friday– Okay, whoops! I ran 9 miles this morning super early, because I couldn’t sleep and then Lora texted me this afternoon asking me if I can meet her for 7 miles. At first I said no but then Andrew told me he’s coming home early from work and that I can go! So I did! And even though I have logged SO MANY MILES this week, my body feels fine because I haven’t done any speed work.
Saturday– An early morning 8 mile run after I dropped Jake off at work. I felt a bit light-headed and dizzy on this one for some reason even though I had a coffee, a cookie and a bowl of cereal before I left.
Sunday– Another early morning run after I dropped Jake off at work but it felt REALLY early because of Daylight Savings time. I got 6 miles done and today’s run felt much better than yesterday’s.
Have you ever felt light-headed during exercise even though you fueled properly? What helps?
What breaks down your body more: higher slow mileage (long runs), or speed work?