I haven't blogged much this week, but I've run a lot! This week has been my highest mileage week ever at 25 miles. Woohoo! 3.1 on New Years Day, 4 on the 2nd, 5 on the 3rd, 5 on the 5th, and 8 on the 7th! Both of the 5-milers were done on the treadmill. My legs felt fantastic on all of them, no problems with cramping or seizing up! My problem lately seems to be that I want to get speedy! If I just let my body go without concentrating on pace I'll move at about a 9:30 pace. I'm thrilled I can do that, but I can't keep it up for much longer than a mile. I could probably go 1.5, maybe 2 miles, but I'll be severely winded afterwards.
During the 8 mile run I had a secret goal of finishing in 1:30:00. I didn't quite make it, coming in at 1:31:17. But that's still 4 minutes faster than my last 8 mile run! I've seen leaps and bounds of progress in my runs this week, so I'm reminding myself to be happy about that.
I probably upped my mileage a little more than advisable this week. I went back to work and found that I was thinking about the miscarriage or getting pregnant again all the time. I would come home feeling sad and drained, but if I pushed myself hard in a run I felt clearer and calmer. So I ran. A lot. I'll probably continue coping that way in the upcoming week as well, but as long as I remind myself to back off when necessary to avoid injury, I'm going to run to my heart's content because it makes me feel so much better.