To say I was excited when I saw this week's forecast would be an understatement. The moment I noticed the temperature reaching the 60's and sunny most days, I knew spring had arrived! My body seemed to have know that it was time to awaken from its hibernation as well.
Monday: 3 Miles - My training plan incorporated this week as a mini taper-since my mileage had been increasing steadily for a while. I just ran by feel this day enjoying the freedom of just running in shorts and a t-shirt. The clear blue sky made for a perfect workout day.
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: 6 Miles - I decided to hit the trails for this workout, since I didn't feel like running the routes I had used throughout winter. After finishing about half the run, I decided to push myself a bit and see if I could get my average pace for the run below 9 minutes. Going hard (and mostly uphill!), I was able to hit my target by finishing with my average at 8:57/mile.
Thursday: 5 Miles - Clouds and rain had moved into the area overnight meaning my run was going to be a wet one. Oh well! In some way, the rain seemed to encourage me to push harder. I was able to finish the run with an average pace of 8:53/mile.
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 4 Miles - Whatever had me going strong in my last few runs seemed to be holding on. In my first mile, I was already moving at an 8:58/mile pace and by the end finished the last mile in 7:30. Wow, was I booking it! While it felt great to be reaching numbers I normally only see in races, I had this nagging feeling that I may have gone a little too hard.
Sunday: Rest Day
By pacing standards, my running had clearly improved from what I was doing throughout the winter months. However, in retrospect, I should have allowed this week to be the taper it was intended for. Walking around on Sunday, I commented to my wife how my legs just didn't feel right. Despite the lower mileage, I felt stiff and more tired than normal. In the coming week as my distances start to climb again, I may just have to take things easy. Lesson learned!