….and My Story Runs On….
Trying not to beat myself up as it’s Tuesday morning and I swore last week that I would keep a draft and update this daily as so much happens I forget by the time the weekly recap comes up! (thankful for my Tom Tom app so I can go back and look at the maps of my runs which helps jog my memory!). I also was short 10 miles last week so I’m deciding not to beat myself up about that either…..
Last week was a Cycle Down week which means it was a week where the mileage was lower to help the body rest and recover. I decided I was going to try and get more miles in during the week as I knew the weekend was going to be tough. Here was the plan:
And here is how it went:
- Monday: Rest day. Today was a rough day…the last few Mondays have been…I think part of it is due to the adrenaline and all the running from the weekend that when Monday comes, I feel like I’m missing on something and it’s hard to start my day without a run. There were other factors going on this Monday…it was so bad that I actually posted on my Facebook page about and was overwhelmed by all the love and responses I received from my friends!
- Tuesday: I normally have a standing running date with my friend Vicki but had to change my plan to help out my sister in the morning. I didn’t wake up early enough to run before so I ended up running back and forth from my chiropractor’s office which is about 1.5 mile away from my house. Then I ran another 3 miles at Running for Brews that night with my friend Jan who is in town from Ireland. As much as I don’t like road running much anymore, it is much easier after doing longer runs on the trail. I can focus more on form and cadence.
- Wednesday: 6 mile trail run/hike with my friend Vicki at South Mountain. There is a sandy wash so I can get a few miles of sand training (I need so much more though!). On this day we ended up going a little further and found a trail connector and ended up in a new place which is always fun to explore.
- Thursday: Had to cancel track in the morning due to rain. Thursdays are a busy day for me so I wasn’t able to get back out because it was also running on and off. I ended up getting to PSCU early (where I teach boot camps) and was able to get one mile done on the treadmill. Not my favorite…I guess one mile is better than zero miles. Today I also started tracking my food for my nutritionist, Brooke from Fuel to the Finish, who is going to help me get prepared for race day by fueling my body properly. My homework was to do this for 3 days.
- Friday: In retrospect, it was good that I rested on Thursday. I volunteered to mark the Javelina Jundred Endurance Run course this day which is the 15 mile Pemberton trail at McDowell Mountain. I knew it would take longer than usual due to the stop and go of marking the bushes. Part of this journey for me is running with different people and making new friends. Today I had the opportunity to run with Erica and Tessa from the Dirt Bag Running group. This is also one of my all time favorite trails. Ironically I realized that I had done this full trail twice and both times it was night time so this was my first time doing it during the day. I blogged about my last experience as it was one of my best night runs ever. It was a great morning and I was on my feet for 4 hours and 26 minutes which is good time on my feet.
- Saturday: My plan was to get out and do at least 5 more miles at some point this weekend. This morning my legs were pretty tired from the day before and I had quite a few things to do. I guess I got more good time on my feet as we volunteered to work the main aid station of the Javelina Jundred from 11pm-7am. It was a long night but it was fun to help out these amazing runners who were either doing 100K or 100 miles. I know 100 miles is something I want to do at least once but not making any plans now until I finish the 50 miler. I thought this might be the course I would do since it’s an AZ race and run by our local Aravaipa Running group. Now I’m not sure that I could run around a loop 6-7 times. We’ll see….
- Sunday: Was able to get 4 hours of sleep but a run was not happening on this day either. I was too tired from the weekend..
My training for the week finished like this:
- Planning as much as I can but I don’t want to beat myself up if I don’t get my mileage in. I tried hard not to do this since I was 10 short on a cycle down week.
- Nervous about the next few weeks. Ragnar Trail is coming up and then I’ll be in Asheville NC for 5 days for a ChiRunning Instructor weekend. This is one of my favorite weeks that happens every 2 years and even though we run daily, I know I won’t be able to get all my mileage in. I’m going to have to get creative and get as much as I can done.
- This training is like a part time job. I had some struggles this week with my time management and realize I need to re-prioritize some things as this training is taking over my weekly schedule.
- Volunteering to mark or sweep a race course is a great way to get mileage and time on my feet….and I got some race credits for it too!
- ChiRunning: Nothing earth shattering this week but love how much easier the road feels after doing more trail running. I continue to focus on my nose breathing and trying to stay as relaxed as possible. I’ve also been focusing on my ChiWalking as I know I won’t be running the full 50K or the 50 miler. The goal is always to be as energy efficient as possible!
Haven’t really done much with it this week. Every little bit helps though!
Previous blogs posts in this series:
This process is a bit time consuming but I really want a record to remember how training for my 1st 50 miler went so I will keep on with this journaling process…
From My Running Story to Yours….
(if you feel inspired to share your comments, do so below…I want to hear your story too!)