Sooooo my black belt test is in less than two weeks.
Good times!! :D
PS, I am not even joking about the crowd sourcing part. But first, a little context:
Week of 3/25 Grand Total: 38 miles
- * 24 easy
* 14 long
- Lunch time - Yoga.
- Evening - Karate.
4 easy Rest. For some reason my stomach was really upset this evening, so running just was not going to happen.
Wednesday 3/27: Karate. (Lunch meeting at work, so no Pilates.)
- Lunch time - Strength work.
- Evening - 8 easy. My post-race-week runs usually universally suck, but this run felt pretty good - 8:49 pace.
Friday 3/29: 8 easy. Same route (basically), but felt a little harder, which didn't surprise me since I'm not used to running > 6 miles on back-to-back days. So kind of surprised to see an 8:42 average pace when all was said & done.
Saturday 3/30: Karate + 8 easy. Same route yet again, and this time I *really* felt worn out (which I'd expected). And yet....8:36 pace?? Running is weird.
Sunday 3/31: 14 long. As I've mentioned before, running from my house down through Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach & back is a near-perfect 14 mile loop. I'd planned on making it 16 by adding in a one-mile out-and-back stretch on the way home, but about 5 miles in I started having some yellow flag-type pain in my right foot that never went away, so instead I just made it 14. It feels okay now, but the last time I had disconcerting foot pain like this, I ended up exiled to
not pool running for a month so I was not inclined to push it too much.
Also more karate. Cuz....yeah.
So here is where I need your expertise. (If you don't have expertise, no worries; you can totally just make stuff up. That's what I do.)
I got a 14 mile long run in this weekend, which is good, but not great. Next weekend I'm supposed to do an 18-19 mile long run, but we'll be in Paso Robles which means I will be running precisely no miles on Saturday or Sunday. Here is my current plan (by which I mean "plan") for next week:
Monday: 4 miles between work & karate. That's kind of the best I can do on karate days.
Tuesday: Big ass 11 mile track workout.
Wednesday: Finish getting my taxes done between work & karate. I *could* get up at like 5:45 & run maybe 4 miles, but that's absolute best case.
Thursday: Run 8 miles? Run 10 miles? Get up at 5:45 & run 4 miles, then run 10 miles after work?
Friday: Run 8 miles? Run 10 miles? Get up at 5:45 & run 4 miles, then run 10 miles after work? GET UP AT 5:30 AND RUN 6 MILES, THEN RUN 12 AFTER WORK??????
Seriously. Help me out here. I've been out of town too much lately & I really have to do *something* to make up at least the spirit of endurance-building. What's my best bet in terms of making up the long run? Do back-to-back shortish-long runs accomplish the same thing? Am I better off getting up early & pulling a double day?
I leave my fate in your hands.