Yesterday, I ran 20 miles to cap off a 45 mile week. 45 miles is a lot; not a ton, but it’s a lot for me. I also crossfitted 3X so it was definitely not an easy week of training for me.
But yesterday’s 20 miles was awful! My legs felt heavy, my breathing was labored, and my heart rate was sky high and I have no idea why. The first 10 miles of the run were pretty hilly and I knew this before I started. The plan was for the day was to start out with an easy effort and then pick it up a bit after the hills were over.
We managed to do this, but effort to pick up the pace was way more difficult than I wanted it to be. First 10 miles average 9:50 pace and the total 20 miles averaged 9:40 pace which means that the second 10 miles was 9:30 pace. 9:30 pace on flat land should feel EASY to me, but it felt almost impossible.
Needless to say, I’m a little bit discouraged after yesterday’s run. I’m very worried about my 40 mile run that’s rapidly approaching (6 weeks away). I’m totally questioning my training plan. Am I running enough? Am I running hard enough? Should I crossfit more? Should I crossfit less?
I’m hoping that I’m just tired and that with a little bit of rest I’ll bounce back stronger. If not, it’s gonna be a long, slow, painful 40 miles on April 15th.