This week marked the first of 3 20-milers that I will do in preparation for "marathon season." For me, it will begin with the Marshall Marathon in West Virginia on November 7. Rick prints the training programs for me (usually from Hal Higdon) and I do my best to follow the long runs and omit all the speed work!! Seriously, I usually just run whatever I feel like during the week without paying attention to what I'm "supposed" to do. This week was one of the higher mileage weeks for me, and it was still under 50 miles. But that's totally fine, since I can clearly remember weeks just last year that were only 10 miles or so. So I'm proud that I'm doing more than that! I got some good advice today to just keep using the "Katie approach," which to me means doing what works for me. Also today and on the 20-miler, my right foot was driving me crazy (plantar fasciitis). I have been icing it, taking Advil, and massaging it. Today it even affected my left knee as I overcompensated and, during the long run, my right ankle hurt too. I sure hope it will not cause any more problems. Mostly for me to remember my "big week" of training, here are the miles I did this week:
Monday-10.5 mile run in the a.m. Walked the kids for over an hour in the stroller, so 3 miles?
Tuesday-25 minutes on the elliptical
Wednesday-8 mile run (convinced Kristen to do the last 1.5 miles with me--Good job, Kristen!)
Thursday-30 minutes on the elliptical
Friday-7 mile run (with Jane, wanted to do a few more on my own, but decided not to with the 20-miler the next day)
Saturday-20 mile run (started at 4 a.m., at the soccer field by 8 a.m.!)