Mileage for the week of September 5th – September 11th
Total weekly mileage: 68.25
Total September mileage: 88.75
Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 971.25
9/5 2:36:08 min./18 mi./8:41 pace
9/6 No run/rest day
9/7 39:49 min./5 mi./7:58 pace
9/8 55:32 min./7 mi./7:55 pace
9/9 1:13:23 min./8.5 mi./8:38 pace
9/10 30:44 min./3.75 mi./8:13 pace
25:42 min./3 mi./8:34 pace
25:15 min./3 mi./8:25 pace
9/11 2:57:07 min./20 mi./8:51 pace
Two long runs, spaced only 6 days apart, made my mileage leap into the upper 60-mile category last week. My legs and lower body staged a protest yesterday and didn’t really want to have anything to do with the run. Why is it that either you’re mentally in the game or physically in the game but both can’t cooperate and be in the game at the same time? Hmph. I also made a minor error in calculating the mileage of my route. What I intended to be a 19-mile run turned into 20. That’s not such a bad thing but leaves me with the new challenge of figuring out what to do the next two weeks. Run up to 21… 22… or drop back next weekend and run another 20-mile run the following week prior to taper? Decisions, decisions.
Also, I mentioned in my last update that I was going to play with my diet a little and adjust my macro nutrient intake. Essentially, carb cycle. If you’re unfamiliar with carb cycling, it’s basically a way to trick your body into burning stored body fat instead of using carbs. It’s a very popular method for cutting (a.k.a. getting lean) in the bodybuilding world. My experiment was pretty low-key. Basically, on the days that I ran more than an hour, I ate a moderate amount of carbs, as is normal for my diet. On the other days, I restricted my carb intake slightly and added more protein and fat.
I can’t say for sure if I really experienced any noticeable difference in performance or body weight (I don’t own a scale so I really had no way of tracking this except for by look and how my clothes fit… which seemed to me to be the same as usual). It did however, force me to try a few new meal/food combinations and I think breaking the norm can be beneficial since it keeps the body guessing.
This week, I’m back to my typical diet which works for me and that is the key to the whole diet thing in general. You need to figure out what works for you. Experimenting is the only way to know what works and what doesn’t but once you find a diet lifestyle you can live with, one that allows you to eat what you enjoy in moderation, provides your body with essential vitamins and nutrients, makes you feel good and fueled to be active or whatever it is that drives you, and does’t make you feel deprived, then you know you’re on the right path.
I should disclose that I’m by no means an expert or qualified to provide dietary guidance. I can only speak from my own experience and it is because I’ve done the work to figure out what foods fuel my body best.
Anywho… rest and recovery is also on the forefront of my training plan and my bed is calling.
Have a fantastic week!