A couple of weeks ago I posted that I was feeling guilty not running, even though it was a rest day. At the time I was really trying to get used to my Vibram Five Fingers – and would do a long run, a shorter run and then a rest day. It was pointed out to me that – if you are doing mileage correctly, you could run six days in a row before a rest day. Now, this isn’t necessarily true when starting from scratch (or when recovering from surgery), but it seemed like it might be a good thing for me to look at – especially since I was finally able to get my mileage up over 20 miles/week for the first time since last November.
So, I have decided that this week, i am going to head out and do 6 days of 4 mile runs. I figure its a nice short (relatively) distance – so that shouldn’t be a factor. It also has the benefit of keeping me above my 20 mile/week total (Now that I’ve reached it I really don’t want to give that up!) I have successfully gone 3 days in a row so far, but I have run into an interesting problem. I have headed out knowing I was going to do “only” 4 miles and not a longer run, despite my desire to do one. Well, this seems to cause me to run to fast. I then slow it down and my speed slowly creeps back up. I did better last night then the ones before as I used my head phones – which lets me hear the times/mileage – but overall it was still to fast for a nice easy slow run.
While I did feel a sense of accomplishment when I realized I had averaged a 7 minute and 55 second mile for a 4.6 mile run, it was not part of my “plan” for this week. Consequently, my calves and quads are a bit more tired after 3 days of running than I might have hoped for. I am not letting this change my overall plan however and I will continue to do all six days of running 4 miles or more. It seems like a good goal, though I do miss the idea of having my long run. That day is one of the most satisfying ones. But its only one week – so it will be ok, as long as I can keep myself from going and doing one anyway.