So I realized I’ve totally sucked in talking about what is going on with my Dopey training. Oops. So, here is a little catch up. Week 16 was a double run weekend, with 7 on Sat and 17 on Sun. I changed my Saturday intervals to 2:00/0:30 and did a slightly slower than normal pace. I do a 4-1 interval on my long runs so technically I was still running the same amount but the more frequent walk breaks makes it feel easier, so I thought that would work well. But it kinda backfired on me during the Sunday run. I was good (other than the sheer and utter boredom of running that long, around and around the lake I go) up to mile 13. Then I just hit a total wall. It was weird, I didn’t feel physically tired, like huffing and puffing tired, it was just that every part of my body (feet, legs, knees, etc) started hurting like a mofo all at once. When I signed up for Dopey I had the plan to run/walk thru mile 14 of the full, then walk the second half and was planning to train that way as well. Now my stretch goal is to run/walk longer (otherwise it’s just so long to finish), like to mile 20 then walk the last 6. Once I started feeling crappy I told myself to push thru to mile 15, then I could walk the last 2 miles home. I only made it to 14.5 before I gave up and started walking. I figured maybe I’d be able to run the last mile or so after a longer walking break. Spoiler alert, that didn’t happen. My takeaways from this run were first that I have to ratchet the intervals back for the half to conserve energy for the full, going to try a 2-1 next time for the double run weekend. Second, I need to listen to my body more and accept walking earlier if I need to. By the time I gave up my feet were swollen and killing me, so I was walking super slow for the first mile of walking. Had I just started walking earlier I would have had a faster overall pace.
Week 17 was just a 5 mile weekend run and Week 18 just a 6 mile. The 6 mile was supposed to have a Magic Mile, but I really don’t understand them all that well so it really ended up just being a standard 6 mile run. I actually ended up skipping the Tues night run of week 17 coming off the long run weekend. That is the first time I skipped a workout in the training and I actually felt guilty the entire week. Hey, what can I say I’m a rule-follower and I was supposed to run twice. But after the 17 mile long run my PF was killing me until Weds. That aspect of the recovery led me to rethink what to do about this week in the training plan. It’s Week 19 and this is supposed to be a double run weekend with 8.5/20 miles. But I’m heading to WDW for Wine & Dine. I was originally planning to move the runs up a week to last weekend but decided against it. I’m heading out on Weds and was afraid that walking around the parks would just keep my PF irritated and I’d be in pain before even starting to run the half on Sat. I want to be able to enjoy the run and after party, so the long runs will be happening next weekend instead.
I also decided that I don’t think I’m going to train all the way up to 26 miles like the Galloway plan calls for. There are 3 more long runs left (yay, only 3 more weekends of torture!) – 20 miles, 23 miles and 26 miles. I figure I’ll just do 22-23 for the last two instead. I also really need to find a running buddy for those last 3, it’s just so boring to do them by yourself. Going to try to rope my brother into joining me (he’s doing Dopey too). B is currently injured so not sure how much training she is really going to get thru at this point and I need to stick with the plan.
Hope the rest of you Dopeys are doing well with your training!