Ended last week on a high note, a great 20 mile run, so I was hopeful that this week would build on that...well as evident in my last post, uh, not so much.
Had a great workout on Tuesday (8 miles with 5x600 m at 5k pace) but evidently that effort emptied the tank, or I need more time to recover now (probably the latter), so I ended up skipping the 11 mile midweek long run scheduled for Wednesday. Managed to eek out 4 miles on Friday then had a great time with T on her long run (8 miles)...an aside: she is totally going to do great on 10/19 when she runs the Grand Rapids Half Marathon and I can't wait to cheer like a madman for her when she crosses the finish line...and then set out to do 17 today.
Someone remind me not to eat only protein the night before a long run...and to drink more than 8 oz of water if I'm going to be standing outside in near-90F heat covering a soccer game. Not my two best moves before a 17 miler. But, I did manage 10 miles today.
So in summary for August that's 143 miles. Third highest monthly total for 2008.
For 2008, with four months left I'm at 1064 miles for the year (at this point last year I'd logged 723 miles and I'm only 58 miles less than I ran all of 2007) and 60 miles ahead of the pace I need to meet my goal of 1500 for the year. So I probably shouldn't complain too much.
What I am going to do over the next 6 weeks as I get ready for Chicago is scale my mileage back a bit: I'm focusing on the quality workouts - speed workouts/intervals/tempo runs and my long runs and everything else is going to be in the 6-8 mile range and run at easy paces so that I give my body a chance to recover. I'm also revising my goal for that Sunday in October, but I'll save that for another post.
Happy Labor Day everyone...off to drink some beers!