I was only planning on 4 miles when I got up this morning. I knew that I was going to need something to kick start the long day of individual advising meetings with about 15 freshmen (starting at 1230 and going ’til 510) and I figured that 33% of yesterdays mileage was perfect. Well my legs didn’t think so.
And I know what you’re thinking (or at least I think I do heh) but it’s the opposite. My legs felt so fresh and ready to go! I ended up with 8 miles which is 66% of the long run yesterday. I’m curious as to how much (if any) running you guys do on the day after a long run. Typically I stick with 50% of the distance but definitely no more than 66%. Therefore today was prolly a perfect run.
Don’t ask me what my legs were thinking going into this morning. I really don’t know. When I woke up this morning my bed was sooooo comfy that I thought asking 4 miles was going to be tough because my mind didn’t want to get up. It was one of those moments where your sheets are so soft and just hug your body. Perfection. It’s so incredibly against everything I do to stay in bed after my eyes open but that’s what I did — at least for 20 minutes (oh I’m such a rebel haha).
The weather was also back to damn near perfect! It was about 59-60* (didn’t check but it was only 63* when I got back) at the start, a slight breeze and partly cloudy. I did a lap of my campus, 2 X a 3 mile loop and another lap of the campus. I knew I was in good shape when the first lap (my warmup) was much faster than the warmups of last week. After that I gave myself permission to go at what my body wanted pace wise and after the first loop of my route I was feeling really strong. I decided that I could add a second loop and I was a little leery just because of all the miles I’ve been piling on. But that worry was totally unfounded. I guess my legs are in the final stages of acclimating to higher mileage.
I even passed some other runners which (I’m definitely NOT going to lie) felt really good. Especially since it was a solid steady passing rather than a me-doing-speedplay-and-sprinting type of passing. Knowing that I could hold a steady pace that was faster than theirs was really nice. It was a way of affirming how well my running (and training was going). Thanks LARunner for commenting on that fact yesterday!
I also let myself get carried away with the miles because I’m participating in Team OLD vs Team YOUNG in the Marathon Dailies over at RWOL. With today’s run I was able to post a monthly total for August of 264.3 miles. Now I don’t keep monthly records (hell I’m lucky that I calculate those weekly recaps haha) but that is a stellar month for me. It’s an average of 8.5 miles a day!
Ok back to advising freshmen, my next appointment just arrived. Enjoy your Monday (wow it’s Monday? I guess with orientation and me being so busy the days are all jumbled up. Hard to believe that I start classes on Wednesday — TWO DAYS!)