I took the past two-days off, I know they were not planned, scheduled or even thought about before Tuesday afternoon. That morning I had planned on running 7.0 miles, but my body was really tired after my hard interval workout Monday, so I decided to wait until later in the day and do a bunch of errands.
As the day went along I just did not want to run. I felt tired and beat-up and finally around mid afternoon, I decided to bag the run for the day and rest. Yesterday was the snow storm and while I could have run, I still felt tired and that I needed another day.
Over the past month I have been consistently over 40 miles, plus my walking, with a lot of it in cold weather
It seems as though everything just caught up with me and for a change instead of pushing through, I decided to listen to my body and rest. This is a planned cut-back week, as far as my mileage goes and I would like to get somewhere between 35-40 miles in. The couple of days off were not the end of the world and I know that I needed them – badly.
So how did my run go today?
A lot better than I thought it would. The 2 days off really did help and made a big difference in how my body felt, even though I had to snowblow the driveway and walk Bennie downback in the new snow.
I haven’t run in my size 9.0 N2 Road’s for a while and thought I would use them on the treadmill today. Now I remember why I like the size 9.0, they have just enough extra space over the 8.5’s to make them a touch more comfortable for me to run in for longer distances.
I was very happy with how I am doing on the treadmill, for some reason or other I run faster and “easier” on the ‘mill than I do outside. I guess it is the ability to just turn-it-off (my thinking), listen to the tunes and focus on keeping up with the treadmill. I wouldn’t want to do it more than a couple of times a week, but it is nice to know that I can push a little more than I do otherwise.
One thing I have decided is that when I do my runs on the treadmill, I am only use it for a faster paced workouts and I am going to start my runs at 7.5 mph and go from there. If I do a recovery run, it will be outside for now.
Here is the photo from this mornings Bennie walk.