Monday, July 28, 2014

50k Training Week 11: 7/21-7/27

Ok, after last week's big step back week, I am back on track. I realized last week that part of the reason I was feeling a bit mentally burned out was because my usual routes are feeling stale. I run all my runs solo and many of them cover the same exact roads. So for the last 6 weeks of training, I am on a mission to mix it up a bit. In other good news, my toes are pretty much 100%. I do have 2 purple toenails, but that is what nail polish is for.

Monday: Switched Monday and Tuesday's workouts due to date night. Felt pretty much back to normal! :)
Planned: Rest  Actual: 5 miles (8:46/mile pace)

Tuesday: The Jayhawk and I went to the Fox Theater (old, iconic theater in downtown Atlanta) to see Beck. It was awesome.
Planned:  6 miles Actual: Rest
Inside the Fox theater.
Wednesday: Took the day off to take care of some stuff and tried to get in my 20 miler for the week. Went out to Stone Mountain for a change of pace to get in a hilly (2900 feet of gain) long run. Only made it 15 mile before the humidity won. Even my hydration pack was soaked in sweat.
Planned: 8 miles  Actual: 15 miles (9:16/miles pace)
Guess who learned how to use the self-timer on her phone (hint: this girl)
It was a pretty morning out by the rock.
Thursday: Wasn't feeling any ill effects after Wednesday's long run/sweatfest.
Planned: 5 miles  Actual: 4 miles (8:46/mile pace)

Friday: Rest and rolling!
Planned: Rest Actual: Rest

Saturday: It was hot and the run felt like a suffer fest. It just wasn't fun and it felt a bit defeating.
Planned: 20 miles  Actual: 5.15 miles (8:34/mile pace)

Sunday: Focused on having fun regardless of the number of miles. Explored new parts of Lullwater Park and still felt like I could finish strong. Still kept it hilly with ~1800 feet of climbing. Win-Win.
Planned: 8 miles  Actual: 10.15 miles (9:18/mile pace)

Interesting article in the NY Times this week about How our arms help us run.  Curious who the 13 experienced adult runners in Boulder might be. :)

If you ever wondered what makes the ultrarunning community different, this article sums it up pretty well. 

How was your week?  Any races or fun runs?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

7 things...

Karen over at Running Over the Hill recently nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger award which is incredibly flattering. If you aren't familiar with her blog, head on over.  I'm always in awe of Karen's commitment to strength training, her outlook on life, and her ability to always keep it honest. She just recently signed up for her first Disney race and I can't wait to see how it goes. She is going to have a blast.
Rules of the Award:
Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
Share 7 things about yourself.
Nominate another person.

Without further ado, 7 things you don't know about me that don't involve running!
1. I love taking pictures in those odd cutout things. I can't explain it. They are super silly, but I love them. They Jayhawk doesn't share my enthusiasm, but humors me.
This is just a selection.
2. I'm ordained! I originally got ordained to officiate my brother's wedding, but it was really fun and I would gladly do it again. I really want to officiate a running wedding.
3. I'm not short. I'm 5'9 and I've been this tall since the 6th or 7th grade. I was the girl that was taller than most of the boys and was always in the back row of the class photo. In fact, there was a several year span when people thought my brother (2 years my senior) and I were twins (now he's much taller than me).

4. My guilty pleasure/comfort food when I am sick is spaghetti o's. They cure everything from colds to hangovers. When I'm feeling super healthy, I get the ones with added calcium. Yep, I'm a real foodie.

5. I'm allergic to giraffes.  Nope, not kidding. Much itching, eye watering, and sneezing followed this photo. Alas, I can never have a pet giraffe.
6. I never sneeze only once at a time, usually 3-4 minimum which makes it very hard to breath. My current record is 13 times in a row. It really tends to confuse people when it happens in public. They think I'm either having a weird coughing fit or a seizure. The Jayhawk is use to it and waits for the ok before he says bless you.

7. One of my favorite books is Mountains beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. It's both inspirational and a great reminder that there are people working hard to do good in the world.

I nominate Tina from Gotta Run Now.  I am always impressed by Tina's solid training weeks in the Texas heat and her 39 mile 50k!

Ok, everyone share one random non-running fact about themselves.

Friday, July 18, 2014

50k training week 10:7/14-7/20

Double Digits. It's week 10 folks.

When planning my 50k training schedule, I failed to plan in any sort of recovery for Saturday's 39k. I guess I really didn't think about the fact that I was running essentially a trail marathon with no taper, and that I might need some time afterward (not a smart runner). This week, I listened to my body for what it needed for recovery instead of staying faithful to the plan (smarter runner). I ended up taking a lot more time off than I imagined this week, but to be honest, between running and work I was a bit mentally burned out and needed to push the reset button.

Monday: So my toes still look like dog food (wet, not dry), but I'm feeling nice, so I won't post pictures of them. You are welcome.
Planned: Rest   Actual: More recovery Yoga

Tuesday: Not a great run, but it had a purpose. It took a few miles for my legs to loosen up and get in stride, but I felt much better afterward. I called it at 3 miles because my toes and legs still felt beat.
Planned: 5 miles   Actual: 3 miles (9:13/mile pace)

Wednesday: Feeling much more like myself today and was able to run an easy 5 on the treadmill. Felt good to stretch the legs, but still didn't want to push the toes too bad. One of them still looks like a cherry tomato.
Planned: 10 miles   Actual: 5 miles (8:58/mile pace)

Thursday: I was really overtired. No other way to describe it. I hit the wall at work at noonish. Took the day off from working out, had a relaxing night, and went to bed early. Work has been ridiculously stressful this week, so I just needed a break.
Planned: 6 miles   Actual: Rest

Friday: Took my rest day as planned. Did foam roll and do some light yoga.
Planned: Rest   Actual: Rest
As seen on my run.
Saturday: Woke to a very rainy morning, so I slept in a ran in the afternoon. It was a little harder of a run than I planned because of the humidity, but it felt nice to sweat. Foam rolled and light yoga.
Planned: 12 miles   Actual: 6.75 miles (8:42/mile pace)

Sunday: Woke up feeling like death and wasn't able to keep down food most of the day. Forced day off.
Planned: 10 miles   Actual: None!

I really enjoyed this article by Chris McCormack about "Embracing the suck".  No seriously, that's what it is about. It's about learning to mentally endure, one of the most important aspects of endurance sports. I am constant working on embracing the suck, as the suck is continuously changing.
How was your week?  Do you ever mentally need a break as much as physically?

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