I usually run about 5 miles in the morning, sometimes a little longer in the weekends.I find 5 miles is enough to keep me in a pretty good shape, it doesn't take too long and it definitely helps me wake up better than a cup of coffee would!
Early this morning, eager for a good run, I stepped out of the door only to be greeted by thunder and lightening and a torrential rainfall. Argh!
I got up and out for a quick 4.5 miles this morning at about 5:30. After I got home and showered, I was sitting at kitchen counter eating some breakfast looking out the window and it was dark as if it were still the middle of the night. I went outside to get something from the porch and saw a giant wall of black clouds rolling in. When I was driving to work the skies finally opened up and the rain came down in sheets and buckets... for about 2 minutes then the sun was trying to come out again.
I've added a yoga class as the cross-training in my program. I think the extra effort on a sixth day may have pushed me over the line in terms of fatigue. Trying to get more sleep, but I'm always tired.
10 miles tonite w/ 5 of them at tempo pace. Hot and humid run.
SB - be careful w/ adding not only an extra day of running but more mileage and faster pacing. Easy way to get into overtraining issues. Read about symptoms. I still stick w/ 2 off days / week and do core work on those days. I tried the only 1 day off thing for a race ramp up plan one time and it hurt more than helped. I can handle more mileage w/ less days (50 miles / 5 day) vs same mileage with more days (50 miles / 6 days). Some people have no problem with it.
Stayed up late last night to watch the Tigers beat the Indians in 14 innings but still managed to drag myself out of bed at 5:00 for a 10 mile run. In the middle of the run I did three 1.5 mile strides at about a 7:15 pace and then a 4th stride at 6:51 pace. I cannot recall the last time I had a mile under 7:00 minutes. I don't recall running that fast but looking at the route I ran, that stretch seems to be a nice steady decline that I am usually headed the other way on.
Got in 5 miles on the hotel treadmill and almost broke my face. Towards the end of the run I bumped my pace up to 8'00" and at that point the treadmill decided it was tired and needed to come to a complete halt during the fastest portion of my run. Luckily I was able to stay on my feet...this is why I hate treadmills. Edited by Beatlegeuse - 8/9/13 at 7:06am