Since I scrapped the idea of running a third marathon in 2010, I decided to take a bit of a mini-break after San Francisco. That mini-break is now over.
I didn't exactly stop running altogether, although I did go eight days (gasp!) without running after the San Francisco Marathon. I've not taken a total break after the marathon but I've been running around 20-24 miles a week since then, if that.
Now, I'm going to crank up the mileage. Part of it is because I can. I'm feeling good. I think I'm recovered from the marathon, and I think my body is ready to run long distances again. The longest I've ran since SF was a 12-mile run last weekend. I've ran six miles a few times, and everything else has been less than five. I've incorporated no speedwork.
But I'm going to get back to the 30 miles-plus per week grind. It's not really a grind, of course, since it is still fun for me, but I want to have more time on my feet and since I have time I can accomplish that goal.
My initial plan: rest Monday, 4 miles Tuesday, 6 miles Wednesday, 4 miles Thursday, rest Friday, 12 miles Saturday, 5 miles Sunday. That would get me to 31 on the week. I'm hoping to be able to continue my core/cross training. Rest today, for instance, is rest from running as I'm planning a gym session first thing this morning.
Maybe my plan is ambitious. And I might be gassed midway through the week. But I've got my sights set on the Long Beach Half Marathon so I'm going to give it my all now so I can reap in the rewards then. And giving it my all means a lot of miles this week.