I think Mystery Coach is taking another week off, so I doubt there will be an "Ask the Mystery Coach Monday" tomorrow. Get those questions in for next week at mysterycoach AT gmail DOT com. In the meantime, here's how my week went:
Mo: 12 w/7x800, 2:29-2:33
Tu: Christmas goose-egg
We: 14 moderate
We: 6 easy
Th: 14 easy
Fr: 10 w/6 at 6:00 pace or so
Sa: 17 w/10 at 6:39 pace, 6.5 at 5:58 pace (blah)
Su: 9 easy
Well, it kind of looks like a taper if you take out the crappy day I had on Saturday. In a perfect world I would have made the 17 miler into 20 and finished with a smile on my face, but it didn't work out that way. I also would have made today's run 12 miles, but Mystery Coach laid down the law about backing off on the miles until this sinus/cold/congestion/(infection?) thing is gone. Saturday night seemed to be the worst of it, so hopefully I'm on the mend already.
I appreciate all the "rest and recover" comments, and I agree with the advice. Aside from the 800's and the back to back workouts, this really was an easier week than the last 8, with about 20% cut from the usual miles. I have a feeling the body will appreciate the cut in volume more once I'm feeling better, and today's easy run was a good start.
Training: 9 miles, around 1h4m, 7:05-ish pace
Total miles for the week: 82 in 7 sessions