A few weeks ago, I was doing a great job of following the Hansons beginner plan. “Beginner” seems a bit of a misnomer as it’s a challenging plan compared to most beginner plans. While the long run tops out at 16 miles, the overall mileage each week is similar to some of Hal Higdon’s advanced plans. Anyways, things were going well and then we headed on vacation. Even worse, I caught that awful bug that sapped my energy more than the first trimester of pregnancy. (Between the unsettled stomach and the exhaustion, I would have been freaking out, except Beer Geek was feeling just like I was.)
While we were on vacation, we did a lot of hiking and walking, but it wasn’t until close to the end that I tried to run. I managed a 3 mile run in Durango, but I had nothing in the tank. Nothing. I also managed a 3 mile run when we got to Denver, but I barely finished. I was convinced it was the high altitude.
And then we returned to Virginia. The weather was surprisingly cool and the humidity was manageable. Guess what? My run sucked. Seriously, I had zero energy and running two minutes per mile slower than normal left me gasping for air. Thankfully (not for him LOL), Beer Geek mentioned later that day that he’d gotten out of breath walking to work. So, apparently we were both still recovering.
In the end, recovery took 2 weeks. 2 weeks from what seemed to be a fast moving stomach bug! Holy cow! Thankfully I finally had a good 4 mile run on Friday.
Sunday, I met up with some other Skirt Sports ambassadors for a 10 mile run in Wisconsin. One of them drove for an hour and a half just to meet to run! (I only had to drive 45 minutes.) But we met and I managed to finish the whole 10 miles.
It wasn’t pretty (we were, but the run wasn’t LOL)
There was walking in the last few miles, but 10 miles are in the books.
This coming week will be my first 40+ mile week. After that, it’s high 40s to low 50s for the rest of the plan. Shit just got real!
Don’t forget – for the remainder of August, Tuesdays on the Run is “free topic”. Feel free to link up any running related topic (and we’re pretty flexible about what’s running related!)