Higher mileage, happier runner

Higher mileage, happier runner

Here is another weekly ultra training recap, as told in as few words as possible:

Monday – birthday run, group run, still sick, slower pace, 6.1 miles

Tuesday – sickness completely gone, 4 miles with my 4-legged running buddy

Wednesday – no watch, warmth, felt great, 6 miles

Thursday – 12 mile bike ride to the group run, SparklySoul, 7:35 mile, great weather, good company, gossiping, Angela, average 7:52 pace, 7 miles, socializing

Friday – 3 mile walk, long run part 1, Angela, more gossip, warm weather, average 8:18 pace, 10 miles, foam rolling

Saturday – early morning, chilly morning, long run part 2, getting lost, talking, good company, hills, slow trail pace, 10 miles, hunger

Sunday – 1st mountain bike ride in 10 years, need improvement, easy run home, 3.5 miles

Week in review:  awesome, higher mileage, happier runner, great company, loving running, 46.6 miles


Marathon Training: Week 3 and 4

Marathon Training: Week 3 and 4

Week 3:

applesThis is the week where I actually felt like I had adjusted to the rolling hills around here.  My lungs and my legs both felt stronger.  I completed a workout and re-discovered how mentally challenging it’s going to be running a slower-than-usual pace for marathon day.  I can’t go out too fast because the race isn’t just a 5k.  The marathon needs to be 26.2 miles of consistency.  Going out too hard in the beginning of the race will just make the end of the race that much more challenging.  After a mentally grueling workout because I found myself not maintaining the pace I was supposed to be maintaining for the workout, (because it was too slow for a workout and I couldn’t get in the groove of that pace for a 5 mile tempo), my dad suggested up-ing the pace for week 4’s workout.  This week I also completed a 9 mile run.  The last two miles were completely uphill which made miles 8 and 9 rough.  But hey, my legs will be trained to ignore the tiredness come marathon day.  This is the week I also made an apple and cinnamon quinoa recovery mini meal :]

Week 4:

This was one of the most stressful weeks of my life because of internship drama but I got it all straightened out so it’s okay now.  My dad changed my target workout pace which made for a much better Wednesday Workout day.  I ran super early Thursday because I had waaaay too much to do throughout the day.  This run was superrrrrrrr slow.  I woke up Friday feeling like I had a cold, so I cut my run way shorter than planned.  I’m trying to listen to my body more these days so I don’t overwork myself too much before race day.  I took Saturday as a rest day and skipped my long run for the weekend.  Although this is a bummer, I want to feel better because there’s a lot of great things to look forward to this week – the fair, friends, the Pope, and so so sooo much more :]

My Believe journal also forced me to re-evaluate my priorities.  Here’s the list of reminders I came up with:

  • Focus on long-term goals but set short term goals that help you get there.
  • Be willing to ask for advice, help, guidance, and support.  You are not alone!
  • Don’t define your limits – you can do anything you set your mind to.
  • Sleep enough.  Drink enough.  Eat enough.
  • Enjoy the process