My calves were a little sore after my 15 mile run last week but it was a good kind of sore. I threw some hills in and I kind of expected that I was going to feel something. I have been very disciplined with my stretching, icing and foam rolling and it seems to be working. I ran about the same amount of miles this week that I ran last week but increased my long run from 15-17 miles. I have been focusing on my long runs and will be alternating between "fast finish long runs" and "long, steady distance runs." You can read about these types of long runs in detail from McMillan Running if you are wondering what the heck this all means.
We had a really warm week here in California so two of my runs were done on the treadmill but I found a way to make them more enjoyable!
Run #1: 7 Miles @8:53 ( I did this run on the treadmill @runemz style #444!) After Mile 6.44 I kept going to get to 7 miles.
Run #3: 17.5 Miles @9:14 (long, steady, distance run) I struggle with bringing down the pace on my long runs because I want to be done. I need to work on my endurance and let my body get used to running for long periods of time. This run felt great and the weather was perfect as well. The first half of my run was the worst part since it was all uphill but I need to challenge myself a little bit more and prepare myself for the course of the marathon I am planning to run.
Did anyone run the LA Marathon?
The weather was actually perfect in Los Angeles and I heard there were lots of shiny new PR's! I love laying in my bed watching the LA marathon on TV but I have to admit that I did feel kind of sad that I was not running it too!