today is the last day of my five full days off. i took full advantage of the recovery time. i really needed it. i'll get back to it tomorrow, as it's time to start training for TOU.
here's what the next seven weeks will look like (six weeks of training + taper week):
week 1: 46 miles / 5k on saturday; mid-long run of 11 miles
week 2: 60 miles / 5k on saturday; long run of 17 miles
week 3: 61 miles / 5k on saturday; long run of 18 miles
week 4: 65 miles / half marathon workout (1:30 pacer) on saturday
week 5: 70 miles / long run of 22 miles
week 6: 53 miles / 5k on saturday
week 7: taper week -- 48 miles including marathon on saturday (pedicure and updo on friday)
it may look like i'm on 5k overload, but it's by design. it's a good way for me to get at least one good workout in each week, and it also gives me weekly feedback. although i know it looks rather silly, it has worked for me in the past and i'm hopeful it can work again. i get very motivated for races, whereas i have a hard time performing in workouts when i'm running alone in the dark (which is 90% of the time). relentless weekend racing is the best way to ensure i get the workouts in.
also by design, the mileage isn't going very high. i'll top out at 70 again, and have just three weeks at 60+. this follows the exact plan that i have used for TOU the past two years, and until it stops working (which could very well be this year), i'm going to continue to follow it.
i've also tentatively set up my fall racing plans post-top of utah. right now it's filled with several 5ks and another marathon (CIM the first week of december). i'm actually still thinking about CIM; the alternative would be the seattle marathon on thanksgiving weekend. nothing is set in stone until i make it through TOU...