Hail my running brothers and sisters! Week 6 of marathon training is down and out. For the week, I did 32.86 miles at an average pace of 8:32/mi. I did 2:30 hrs of cross-training. Most of that was golf, but 10 minutes were some body weight exercises. My weight feel in at 165 lbs this morning, because I spent most of the day eating yesterday after my long run. Speaking of which, I did 20 miles with the Nashville Striders, and I hardly felt fatigued. Unlike previous solo long runs, I felt the need to muscle through the run with a group. My runs this week were right on pace this week. I did skip one easy run this week, because I had some minor calf pain after racing my 5th and 6th grade cross country team in the school gym. Skipping the run wasn't terrible, because I needed the rest/recovery plus I had already run some extra miles earlier in the week. Next week, I have a 10k on Saturday in Murfreesboro, so I'm changing up my training schedule. Next week was supposed to be a regular week, but I'm making it my rest week. I really didn't want to try another 20 miler after a fast 10k.
On an unrelated topic, yesterday was Derek Dooley's debut (Yay, alliteration!) with the UT Vols. They laid an enormous beatdown to an unremarkable UT-Martin Skyhawks, 50-0. I believe that this is a good sign for Dooley's tenure at UT, but I remain skeptical that this will be a better than 50% season. If it is...awesome. If not, it was our lack of depth and experience that hurt us, and next year should be better. In any case, congratulations to my beloved UT on a good (not great) season opener. Go Vols!