Weekly PDRs are difficult to attain during work weeks when putting in lots of miles means early wake-ups, running a bunch of miles, working all day, then squeezing in a few more in the evening. However, being able to sleep in, then wake up and run relaxed paces without any deadlines makes loading up on miles easier and more enjoyable.
Anyway, my previous weekly PDR was just over 83 miles which I attained over seven days of marathon training last September. This is how this week's PDR broke down:
Sunday 12/28 Morning: 16 miles along the Lakefront Trail
Sunday 12/28 Afternoon: 4 mile recovery
|On Sunday I ran 20 miles total|
|10 miles on Monday through Sculpture Park|
|12.4 on Tuesday|
Wednesday 12/31 Late Morning: 5.0 mile recovery run to McDonald's
Wednesday 12/31 Evening: 2.3 mile recovery run (breaking in new shoes)
|Wrigley as backdrop to 13 on New Year's Eve|
|Happy New Year! 16 miles|
Friday 1/2 Afternoon: 2.6 mile recovery (breaking in another pair of shoes)
|The geese and me on Friday for 12.6|
Weekly Total: 86.5 miles (previous PDR 83.2)
I could have actually squeezed in a few more miles today, but not wanting to be greedy (and not wanting to overdo it), I took the day off completely.
So how did I feel during the last few miles? Fantastic. In fact the last mile of my 10 miler Friday morning was run at 6:33/mile. I think if I am reasonable by not punishing my legs too much, and at the same time I build endurance, the whole running package comes together quite nicely.
I have a "bucket list" goal to run a 100 mile week, and I hope to get there someday - maybe even this year. However, it won't be anytime too soon. It's back to work next week, then I head up for the S-No-W Fun 5 mile race in Wisconsin. If there is enough snow, I'll do some cross country skiing there in addition to running. I also signed up for the F^3 Half Marathon in late January, and I will need to work a little on speed before that one. I'm not sure when I'll set another weekly PDR, but I'm looking forward to it, whenever it happens!