The dreaded Monday morning question. “How was your weekend?” Today I simply answered, Yes! As in, Yes, I acknowledge that Saturday and Sunday have recently occurred, but I would rather not comment beyond that.
Not that I had a terrible weekend; there have been much worse ones on the books this year. I did, however, pull two 10-hour days of work this weekend. Okay okay, admittedly I was at my kitchen table at the Pennsylvania house, gazing out the sliding glass doors and vaulted windows at our woods as I worked–but I was still ceaselessly answering emails, chasing down details and pulling together a big marketing document for two days straight. It’s unarguably eleven times more desirable to be doing this at my house in Pennsylvania than in my office at 53rd Street and Madison Avenue, so I suppose I won’t complain too much. Plus, my friends on Twitter reminded me that I wasn’t the only hump this weekend; I had the virtual company of other such workaholic suckers.
Shoehorned in among the emailing and annotating were two quality runs. Saturday’s was an afternoon delight, a single 2.45 mile lap of my neighborhood in 21:50. I felt strong, but also like I stopped before I’d tuckered myself out at that “speed.” I remembered how consistently rolling the landscape is in Pocono Lake, PA. There’s no such thing as flat when I run here. Congestion still lingered from my Vermont cold, and it affected both of this weekend’s workouts. Sunday’s run was especially disheartening as I ran nearly the same distance I did for my first leg of the Green Mountain Relay (4.58 versus 4.61 miles), but ran four minutes slower (42:10 versus 46:07). I blame it on the damn mucus in my lungs, since all the other conditions–heat, humidity, terrain–were pretty similar. I did notice that after about 3.5 miles, my form deteriorates; and also that I now prefer running uphill to downhill. The downhills feel so jarring, I am not entirely sure I’m doing it right anymore.
Tomorrow I have an appointment with Danielle my fabulous PT, during which I plan on begging her for a new core & strength routine, getting her assessment of my training schedule now through October, and having her evaluate my form again (and ask for some downhill pointers).
While I’m at it, do you all have any downhill pointers? And what weekly mileage base do you think I should have right now (I ran 19.6 miles the week of June 15th, but just 12.7 miles last week), seeing as I’m so newly-recovered?