This is tough
I’ve done 2 weekends worth of back-to-back long runs so far and they are rough! It takes forever for my legs to warm up and work out the kinks on the Sunday run, which is generally a 10-miler. Last weekend, I ran 20 on Saturday and 10 on Sunday – just shy of 5 hours worth of running!
It’s hard to describe how my legs feel. They don’t ache like they would after speed work or a fast finish long run, it’s more of a general fatigue that’s hardly noticeable but doesn’t really go away. Does that make any sense?
The good thing is that I’m spending lots of time on my feet, which is much needed for this 50K.
I know I said this before but people that walk half marathons and marathons are simply amazing. That must be exhausting.
Food, fuel, repeat
Last weekend my stomach started to growl during my 20-miler despite my usual scarfing down of Shot Bloks every 4 miles. I’m going to need to eat some real food on the run – maybe a PB sandwich (or a Speculoos sandwich)?! Luckily, my long run route is a loop so I can stash stuff in my car. Yes, I’m already preparing for loop insanity by running multiple loops on my long run.
Barre on the backburner
Due to my hardly-noticeable-but-doesn’t-go-away leg fatigue, any barre classes will be on the backburner until after the 50K. Barre is about 70% leg work and I’m done with feeling guilty for not going. So the pressure to go is off until August. I’m may need to pick up a 6th day of running anyway…
Last week’s training
TUE: 8 mi – 9:22 pace
WED: 6 mi – Garmin free
THU: 6 mi – Garmin free
SAT: 20 mi – 9:33 pace
SUN: 10 mi – 10:00 pace
50 miles total. I’m stepping back a bit this week to rest my legs. Only 4 more weeks until I taper!
Anyone have long run (real) food suggestions? Maybe I can be like Dean Karnazes and order a pizza to be delivered?
Do you back off on strength training when your mileage is high? The way I see it, running is my priority right now and barre will only add insult to my already fatigued legs.