The last week of base training is done! I ended up with 26 miles and a decent amount of body work. My right calf has been a little problematic (more on that later), so I've been babying it to some extent. Hopefully it'll feel much better before I delve into speedwork.
Monday: 3 miles (run/walk on tm), Saucony Kinvara 6 + strength
I went to the gym! The weather was questionable and my calves were still hurting from Saturday's trail run, so a run/walk on the treadmill was what I needed. The calves felt better afterward. I did a little core and upper-body work to finish the night.
Tuesday: 5 miles (9:45 pace), Saucony Zealots
I met some friends for an easy 5-miler on the bike & hike. Calves were still (!) tender, but it's nice and flat. It was a little warm, but I felt pretty good.
Wednesday: 4 miles (10:20 pace), Saucony Kinvara 6
The group met on the towpath for a hot & humid 4 miles. I practiced my easy run pacing, and given the temps, I didn't have any trouble with the 10:20 pace. No desire to run faster.
Thursday: 3 miles, Saucony Zealots
For the past couple of weeks, my right calf has been a little ... twitchy? Hard to describe, but because I'm heading into a pretty aggressive half-marathon plan, I wanted to get it checked out. I'm a little afraid of a stress fracture after a friend described his and it was similar to what I'm feeling. The doc doesn't think it's a stress fracture, but he wants me to stay off hard surfaces (pavement). After Graston, I met a friend for an easy 3-miler on the Towpath, and it was another successful pacing exercise!
Saturday: 6 slow miles, Sand Run, Saucony Zealots
We were supposed to meet the group Saturday morning, but storms caused everyone to bail. We reset the alarm and went back to sleep. (It was glorious.) After a lazy morning, we finally headed over to Sand Run. It was 80 degrees with 75% humidity, so the miles were SLOW. (The pace was where I should be -- 10:40 or 10:50, I think -- but it should have felt easier.) I wore compression socks, and I didn't really notice anything in my calf. Afterward, I did the Myrtl routine, abs and stretching.
Sunday: 5 miles, Saucony Kinvara 6
I wore calf sleeves for this run as well. It was even more humid, but we started earlier so at least it was cooler. I felt better, and my calf didn't give me any trouble. This run was under a 10-minute pace and felt a lot easier than Saturday's 6-miler. So funny how that works.