Three days into July, and I've now taken two of them off. Feels kind of nice.
It actually wasn't easy to NOT run on Wednesday - although sleeping in was nice, my body felt weird not having moved in the morning. Even in the evening, I kinda thought "maybe I can get out and sneak a run in, keep the streak going," but I forced myself to stay in and rest. What do they say, it takes doing something for three weeks for it to become a habit? I think the daily run had definitely started to become a habit.
So overall this running everyday has been interesting. I think that it's a better idea for me to work rest days in - but in order to compare, I'll have to get back on my couple-rest-days-a-week schedule. I could feel some aches and pains starting to build up - nothing serious, just nagging. Hopefully forcing myself to rest will take care of that. I DO feel pretty dang strong after all those miles, though.
But were they "junk miles?" That sure was a lot of little 3-mile days. Some people seem to think you need less of those and more hard interval or tempo workouts, while others recommend lots of low-impact runs keeping your heart rate fairly low. Near the end there, I did give up my speedwork because it felt like i wasn't recuperating from those hard workouts fast enough.
Also, this was an interesting experiment to do in the month ramping up miles for an ultra - I felt like those little three-milers were just nibbles when I really needed more full-course meals. Of course I did get some pretty long runs in as well...
I'm glad I did run this June streak - one of my goals for the year was to learn more about myself as a runner, and I think this has taught me a bit. I'm also glad it's over, though, and I can move on.
Speaking of moving on, I actually did do a short run this evening - just under a mile. More on that in another post, though...