My Highest Weekly Mileage
I am feeling a little groggy this morning, and my body feels a bit sore. This past week totaled 29.5 miles, the most I’ve ever logged in a week!
Here’s a recap, and also a look at a post-long run Wash Park
Friday night, the man and I succumbed to yet another installment of our end-of-the-week wine-and-Cosmo’s. We couldn’t help it.
Saturday morning, Nick went off to run 18 miles of difficult mountain terrain, and I ran an easy 4.5 miles at Wash Park in the cold rain. I am really working on not only upping my mileage but getting used to running on tired legs, and since I wanted to hit 5 running days this week, I figured a quick and easy run the day before my 11-mile long run would be a good opportunity to test my strength and endurance (both physical and mental).
After my easy run, I showered and went to the Cherry Creek Mall to scour some deals at Forever 21 and H&M. I’m trying not to splurge on clothes or anything that isn’t much-needed pizza and wine, but I also have been wanting a couple new items in my closet. I ended up with some very great deals: a $15 dress, a couple $5-$10 tops. Thanks to the mall’s new (and terrible) paid-parking system, I left before I could do too much damage! I’m sure you’ll end up seeing some or most of these items in this Friday’s Outfits of the Week.
After shopping, I did two loads of laundry and watched Crazy Ex Girlfriend until Nick got back from his hard run. That night we went to a housewarming party of his friend who just moved to Denver, and we might’ve drank too much and then went to The Spot for fries and a delicious club sandwich.
It’s safe to say we weren’t feeling 100% the next morning, the day of my long run! We decided to wait it out. Nick went and did groceries because he knew we wouldn’t want to do them after our run, and I stayed home and read.
After some cereal with almond milk and a banana, we went out to run a slightly different neighborhood route: down Downing to 9th to Cheesman park, then through the gorgeous Denver Country Club streets, down University to Wash Park (two laps) and then home. We averaged an 11-minute mile because we both had sore legs. (While this week was my highest miles of 29.5 miles, Nick ran 29 miles in two days. Like, what?)
Although I was tempted to beat up on myself for running so slowly, I did notice a difference in mental endurance during this long run. I had a 4:30am-Rule attitude and just knew I had to get all 11 miles in. I also knew that running with a less-than-fully-rested body meant that this was “all good mental training.”
Also, I wasn’t completely incapacitated after; I still had some energy to suggest that instead of just gorging on Moe’s Bagels immediately following our run, we take them to-go for a Wash Park picnic in the sun! The weather was SO gorgeous on Sunday.
We also learned that Nick really shouldn’t let me make food decisions post-run (or ever). On top of our Manhattan bagels, I decided we each needed our own salt & vinegar chip bag, as well as an orange juice and a giant chocolate chip cookie. I mean, we ate it all (plus we split an orange), but we also didn’t feel the need to eat for the rest of the day. That’s quite significant, considering who we’re talking about here. (I know it’s “whom,” but I just didn’t wanna.)
After showering, we spent all afternoon and evening bingeing on Bloodline. That show is seriously good and so well-written. Finally at around 10:30 we figured we should probably sleep, since we usually pass out around 9:30 and Nick was returning to work after his school’s weeklong Spring Break. Needless to say… we both were quite brainless this morning, stumbling around the kitchen making breakfast and packing our lunches (that was definitely not happening the night before). It was a great weekend, though, and hopefully my brain will turn on soon!