treated myself today by doing the sugarhouse loop in the opposite direction. this means i get to cruise down sunnyside/8th east the last two miles of my run instead of running UP it my first 2 miles. always fun to do that, especially if it is still dark and there are no cars on the roads.
my legs are really feeling dead. i have gradually increased my mileage so that my body can adapt, but still, i have never been a high-volume runner so i would expect it to wear me down a bit. i think 2 "big workouts" a week will work for me, but i also think i overdid it in both of them last week because i have had an over-abundance of lethargy this week that i can't seem to shake. maybe 2 big workouts every other week, and 1 in the between weeks. then hopefully i can get to where i can stay energized and healthy doing 2 per week.
i am also thinking this may be diet related. i need to be more concious about getting some protein into my diet. i don't eat any meat or dairy products, and this didn't affect me much with lower-mileage training but now i think it may be taking a toll. i think i need to drink more water as well.
PM: 3 of my easy miles were pre-blogged. i went to sugarhouse park this afternoon and did some barefoot running on the grass. i was slightly worried about my foot because i have been wearing an orthotic insert in my left shoe ever since my foot got injured. but it held up fine and actually felt strong, even on the downhills, so that's good. i did a few hill charges and scoped out a nice little uphill/downhill pattern that i will follow when i do this with my weighted vest :) i also focused on my form and quicker turnover. grass seems to help a lot with this, although i had to do a lot of pine needle and goose poop dodging.