Last week I had to travel for work. The hotel where I stayed had a nice exercise area, but I know from experience that my personal limit on the treadmill is about an hour, plus time would be somewhat limited.
So I planned this for last week, meaning to move the long run forward a couple of days:
Monday: easy, 50-60 minutes.
Tuesday: easy, 50-60 minutes.
Wednesday: easy, 80-90 minutes.
Thursday: off (travel day)
Friday: 50-60 minutes
Saturday: 8-10 hill repeats on the treadmill. (Wednesday's workout from the following week.)
Sunday: off (travel day)
Monday: 90-105 minutes (the long run)
Wednesday would get the fartlek run originally scheduled for today.
What actually happened.
Monday: 6.2 miles, easy (treadmill)
Tuesday: Eight inches of snow meant no chance to get to the road, trails, or gym. Half an hour of Jillian Michaels, half an hour of weights. Good workout, but not a run.
Wednesday: So I woke up at 5AM to get to the gym. I figured the roads would be slick,but they weren't, but I was already committed to the treadmill. I should have come home and changed and run outside. I wasn't feeling motivated, my body was stiff and sleepy, and by the time I managed to get out the door and warmed up, I would have had at best 70 minutes for an easy run, so I pushed a hard 50 minutes instead. 5 or so miles, with hill intervals.
Thursday: My flight got in at midnight instead of 2PM. I got to the hotel by 2AM.
Friday: hahahahahaha run wasn't happening.
Saturday: 3 miles + weights.
Sunday: 3 miles + core. Flew home
Today: screw it. Warm-up, 10 x 1 min fartlek 1 one minute recovery, cool down. 5.4 miles total.
Best laid plans gang aglee up in here....
So, I'm just pretending the weekend didn't happen. Trying to make up mileage is a recipe for injury. For whatever reason, the long run is the "workout" that bothers me the least. I missed this weekend. But I really have no fear that I'll pull two hours on Saturday with no trouble. Long runs are mentally easy -- you just run gently, and don't stop till you're done.