It’s hard to believe that it’s already October. I think many of us have said this before, but this really has been the fastest and slowest year ever. If you’ve been following along with my training for this spring/summer you may have seen that I’ve been very gradually building my mileage. In the spring I was running about 25 miles per week and this week I got up to 38 miles. For many runners this isn’t terribly high, but it’s the most I’ve done in several years. I’ll start by wrapping up last week’s workouts and then talk more about my October running plans.
Building Mileage and October Running Plans: Weekly Run Down
Monday: 6.5 Miles with 6 x 400m at 10k pace + Core Work
Tuesday: Strength Training + 4.3 Miles
Wednesday: 6.5 Miles Easy
Thursday: Strength Training + 3.7 Miles
Friday: 12 Miles
Saturday: 1.5 Recovery Miles + Walking
Sunday: 3.8 Miles
Total: 38.3 Miles
Last week’s workout routine
I felt like I was back on track after being all thrown off last week. However, Rob threw me a curve ball on Thursday when he told me he had to go into work on Saturday morning and was going to head in early, like leave the house at 5:15. But he also wanted to run with us on Sunday. So I negotiated and asked if I could get my long run done on Friday, and if he could plan to stick around until about 6:30 that day before going to work. So at the last minute I ended up running my long run on Friday!
I did half of it on the treadmill and half outside because it was raining. After a few miles on the treadmill I was over it, plus my iFit was all messed up because my internet connection in the basement has been terrible lately. Switching to running outside worked out well and 6 miles in the rain was the perfect amount.
10k Race Prep
I’ve been talking about how I’m signed up to run the virtual MCM 10k this month as a part of the Brooks’ Run Happy Team. We have until November 10th to complete it, so I decided to push it back a few weeks. Initially I was planning to do it the first week in October but I just don’t feel ready. I eased back into a workout this week with 6 x 400m at 10k pace. While this is not a very demanding workout, it made me nervous thinking about running that pace for 6.2 miles! Oh, and the 100% humidity didn’t help things with this workout.
Des Linden is planning to run a mile for each day of the month in October and has invited everyone to run along side her, doing whatever running goal they want. I’ve never done an intentional run streak, but since I’ve already been running 6 days a week consistently I am going to try adding in a very easy mile on my recovery days this month. If I feel like it’s too much then I will go back to walking on those days.
I’m hoping to hit 40 miles/week this month if all goes well. The weather has been pretty good which helps alot. It kind of depends on how Grayson tolerates stroller runs. Some days I can get to 5 miles with him, but other days he is done being in there after 3. I’ll probably need to focus on making my solo runs a little longer, since I have some more control over those distances.
What are your running plans for this month?
Have you ever done a run streak?
Would you rather do a long run outside in the rain/dark or on the treadmill?