I want to open up by saying that my legs felt like absolute trash last night. They felt heavy, sluggish, lazy, and any other word you can think of for tired legs. I came home and told Mrs. Schlub that “I can’t remember the last time I had a tougher 4 mile run”. In all honesty my 7 miles on Monday was not as tough as this recovery run last night.
Now to put things in perspective, this is cumulative fatigue we are looking at here. I had a very mild 3 miles on Saturday morning with a buddy. Next, Mrs. Schlub and I had old man softball for the church all weekend and like I always say, old man softball usually turns into some speed work for me. Then I had my long run on Monday night which even though was fairly slow, added to the fatigue in my legs. So come last night, what else could I expect other than tired legs. I totally understand and it doesn’t impact my frame of mind, but man it’s rough knocking out miles when your feet are stuck in cement.
One good take away from last night, Buster actually knocked out 2 miles with me. His C25K is starting to take shape lol. Because of the heat here in AZ, I’ve been trying to limit his runs to 1 mile in distance and later in the evening when the sun is not beating down on us. Last night we had the making of a storm so the weather was a bit cooler and I thought that was a good scenario to push him an extra mile. He did a great job!
Now I have a question for all you experienced runners out there. Looking at my plan this morning, I can see that my weekly mileage will slowly build in the coming weeks and will peak around 40 miles in week 12. I know that most articles/blogs suggest the 15% rule from week to week, but what about month to month?? I just noticed that if I stick with my plan this week, I will have run a total of 62 miles for the month of July. Then come the month of August, my total miles will jump up to 130. Is this something I should be concerned with??