Monday, September 29, 2008

I Didn't Mean to Run Today...

I woke up weary this morning, partly because I went to bed too late, and partly because I ran 26.24 miles last week, a big increase from running 20.89 miles the week before. I was just going to crosstrain today, so I rode the recumbent bike for 25 minutes (3.72 miles). Then I decided to get on the treadmill-for just a few minutes. The exercise on the bike had gotten the blood flowing, and I was eager to burn some more calories. I got on the treadmill and started slow. I ran and ran, and before I knew it I'd logged 2.3 miles in 30:15 minutes. Okay, so now I'm still tired, and a little sore too. I need to rest, but I need to exercise too. Where's the balance?


teacherwoman said...

Do you decrease your mileage every 4 weeks? I think that is very important when training. Just look at it this way, increas 10% each week and on the 4th week decrease by 25%... and then the next week is back up to where you were in that 3rd week. This will keep you from overtraining and wearing yourself out! If you already take this rule of thumb into consideration... forget what I said! :)

If you feel like you need to get out there and do something... cross train.

I hope that's somewhat helpful!

Lesley said...

Hmmm, hadn't thought about that. Dips in mileage of late (when they happen) haven't been planned; sometimes life gets in the way a bit. Overall, I guess I worry about not being ready for my target race, BUT...I don't want to be overtrained either. Thanks for the feedback! :)


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