I’m feeling overdue for a blog post so I figured it would be appropriate to blog about this past week of training. Life has been hectic. Life has been great. Life has been overwhelming and crazy. But most of all, life has been life. Ups, downs, highs, lows, good days, bad days, stress, and love. Some bad days turned into good days. Some days even seemed to merge together with unknown separation.
The only thing that has seemed to stay consistent is the training plan I made myself two weeks ago. This plan has guided me through the last fourteen days. I haven’t been stressed about deciding how far to run because this plan pinpoints what I should be running. Despite having a training calendar that will guide me through the next two months, I’ve become aware that I also need to be flexible with my training plan. Even if the plan says 5 miles but I only run 4, I don’t freak out or stress about it. There are some things in life you can’t control. The plan is not set in stone – it’s there as a tool for me to stay focused on the goal.
Monday I ran an easy 3 mile recovery run after completing my 10 mile long run the day before. I also decided to bike 4 miles because it was a warm(er) day out and I wanted to spend as much time as possible outside before going to work.
Tuesday was my rest day. It was cold and rainy outside so this was perfect timing for a day to recover.
Wednesday I went to my internship site an hour early to lift. I lack upper body strength and since I’m an intern at a fitness facility, I’m trying to use the resources I have to become a better runner. I also ran 5 miles. I ran two miles with my dog. She can run up to 8 miles without any issues, BUT it was raining during this run and she was miserable. So I opted to turn around after running one mile to return her to our warm and dry house. I completed the remaining 3 miles solo. The rain stopped which was exciting!
Thursday is the night I attend group runs at my dad’s local bike/running store. One of my best friends was home from Florida and I was able to convince him to join the group run even though he hasn’t ran in over a month. This group run was also an Altra demo day with one of the tech reps from Altra. I LOVE Altras so this was a very exciting group run for me. She brought a variety of Altra shoes for us to take out and test on our run. I decided to try out the Altra Ones. These are their “racing flats”. At first I couldn’t decide if I liked them, but after completing the run I knew that they would be a great racing shoe. I ran three easy miles with my best friend (I missed running and chatting with him!) and then went out for another 1.2 miles by myself. I picked up the pace and ran a sub-8 for my last mile – this is when I realized I liked the Altra Ones! They’re for fast feet!
On Friday I ran 5.7 easy miles with my dog. It wasn’t raining so she had a great time running with me.
On Saturday I ran three easy miles with my dad and my dog. I was scheduled to run four but I knew that Sunday’s run would be extra long so I took an easy day to prepare my body for Sunday.
Which leads us to Sunday, today, and my longest run of 2016. My dad, mom, and I travelled to a state forest that’s about an hour’s drive away. My mom accompanied us riding a Rocky Mountain fat bike. My dad picked the 19 mile loop as he is preparing for his 50k in April. We averaged 10:26 pace which included walking to eat, refuel, and get some video/photo footage of our run. The soft terrain of the pine barrens was welcoming to my feet and legs. And of course I wore my Altra LonePeaks (my favorite trail shoe) and I didn’t get a single blister. Although I only had 10-12 miles on my training plan, I couldn’t resist the trails on such a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Trail running is my favorite because you focus all your energy on the trail ahead of you. You forget your worries, stressors, and emotions. You just get out on the trail and run. That’s my favorite.
Weekly total: 39.9 miles.
Here I sit now typing up this blog post with a glass of water to my right. My legs are a tad bit stiff and I know that I will be sleeping with my Zensah compression socks on tonight. Because of today’s long run and another great week of training, I feel happy and stress free. Most of all, I feel alive.