I finished last week with a 1 hour walk with my wife and boys, completely knackered. I struggled to keep up walking with my wife and she pushed the double stroller! I call that a 'red flag'.
The last 4 weeks have seen the most running volume (by time) that I have EVER done and a majority of it was above 8000ft and severely hilly. I ended Saturday with a second run in the evening, a time trial up the jeep road behind my house in 1 foot of snow wearing a Camelbak, instead of water it had 6 feet of log chain and a bag of sand that totaled 10 pounds (and yes, I did listen to the Rocky IV soundtrack during this but skipped the leather sheepskin lined bomber jacket and snow boots). This may sound goofy, but the weighted hill climb (+1150 feet in 2.6 miles) is brutally hard which is what I was looking for (max HR was 186). I also made the round trip averaging sub 8:00 pace which is tough with the 1 foot of snow and carrying 10 pounds. Solid ending to a 4 week block of training. This week starts with a day off from running. On top of taking my son to the doctor this morning for his 1 year check up and 5 (!) shots, a heavy work load plus borderline exhaustion makes it a welcome and much needed break.
A HUGE congrats to Justin Mock on his 2:29 at London. I would be lying if I said I wasn't envious. Nice work JM!