After that last week of training, I split town for a few days and am just getting around to making a few comments on it.
Did anyone catch that a week measured from Sunday, March 9th to Saturday, March 15th would have given me a 102 mile week? I think that may in fact be my first ever 100+ week, even though I guess I can't really count it since I've been measuring my weeks from Monday to Sunday. That also gives me 115 miles for eight days, which has to be some kind of record too, but that really wasn't the goal or intent. I was aiming for 90 and then just felt good and went with it. I ended up with a couple more than I'd planned on my long day and then I bumped into a friend who was just starting her run on Sunday, and it just added up from there.
As for Adeel's thoughts that perhaps I should be running a little less and a little faster...I really am starting to pick up the tempo a bit, at least in comparison to what I was doing a month ago. I'm making an effort to try and get in at least one MP or faster workout a week, but I'm cautious about pushing it too hard when the mileage gets really high. And the high mileage has been good to me so far, so as long as everything seems to be holding together, I might as well go with it.
My strategy is so not scientific I'm afraid, but I did 4 one-mile repeats on the track last night and I'm planning on doing a workout of shorter intervals on Saturday in the park. Then the next weekend I have a 10K, the weekend after that I'll do a half at MP, then the weekend after that I have a four mile race just before the taper starts in earnest. So there is some faster stuff mixed in with all the slower running.
All of this is still working on the assumption that I'll be racing in Louisville on the 26th, even though my boss still hasn't told me whether or not I can have the days off from work. Last I heard, the days I want are in conflict with someone else's vacation, so I'm just sitting tight until I hear if he's figured out a workaround. If the answer turns out to be no, I'll have to take another look at Ohio's C-cities and probably New Jersey too, I guess.