Monday: Foam rolled and added in a yoga pose or two. I've joined Clarinda's Birthday streak challenge, but because I need to respect and maintain my non-running days, I'm doing the yoga-running challenge. Stop by and check out her challenge and wish her a Happy Birthday! She is even giving out presents to streakers. Who gives away presents on their birthday??!
Planned: Rest Actual: Rest
Tried to take a picture of my trusty foam roller in its spot next to the dog toy box, but the Monster totally photo bombed it and then threw dog toys at me.Tuesday: The Purple Mile Eaters reached 200 miles on this run. They grow up so quick. I'm thinking about buying another pair.
Planned: 5 miles Actual: 5 miles (8:40/mile pace)
I realized after I posted this that the filter makes my legs look dirty. I promise I shower. And use soap.Wednesday: This was not a pretty run. Initially I planned to run at the gym because of a 60% chance of t-storms, but when I arrived all of the treadmills were occupied. A little miffed, I decided to head home, grab my gear, and run outside. I started my run in the heart of rush hour (5pmish) which is around my normal runcommute time, but I don't know if it was the phase of the moon or what, but it was bad driver night. Like seriously bad (I saw multiple blown red lights and had to call one gentleman a 7 letter word for almost turning through me). By 2 miles in, I decided to head back home because of the crappy displays of driving. It was a good thing too. Before I even hit mile 3, I ran out of water. SO arrived home hot, bothered, and unfulfilled. Given how my luck was going for the run, I cut my losses and called it a day at 4 miles.
Planned: 6 miles Actual: 4 miles (8:49/mile pace)
Just learned the English Channel Tunnel is exactly 50k long. Who do we contact to get an #ultramarathon set up there? #ultrachat #runchatThursday: My legs felt tight. Really tight. I tend to find that days after a 'bad' run, I don't feel as good which makes me think that there was a reason for the 'bad' run (dehydration, poor fueling, bad striding, etc). Not exactly how you want to feel less than 48 hours out from a long trail race. I rolled a lot after my workout and paid extra special attention to my hydration and electrolyte balance.
— RunningEB (@runningeb) July 9, 2014
Planned: 4 miles Actual: 4 miles (8:44/mile pace)
Friday: When I actually did the math and thought about tomorrow's race, I started to get nervous. Not only is it the longest trail race of my life (just over 24 miles), but I had a couple of not so stellar runs this week (I'm not feeling at the top of my mental game). To calm my fears, I set some logical and obtainable pre-race goals:
- Finish! This is only supposed to be a training race.
- Relax! This is only supposed to be a training race.
- Focus on what you can learn! This is only supposed to be a training race.
Did a lot of foam rolling and work with the stick to help loosen up my legs.Planned: Rest Actual: Rest
Saturday: Troop Trot 39k! I will post a full recap, but basically it was hot, humid, and then a little more humid. I finished, stayed pretty relaxed, and came out with a few lessons learned that I need to work on before the 50k. It was the longest trail run of my life and it the longest (time-wise) run I've ever done. Huge Thank You to Miranda at Miranda in Motion for her help at the aid station after loop 1 and 2! So nice to meet you. Sorry I wasn't more chatty, but hopefully we can meet up again pre-race next time!
Planned: 24 miles Actual: 24.5 miles (13:07/mile pace including aid station stops)
Sunday: One of my lessons learned during Saturdays race was that I need new trail shoes (yes, bloody toes are back). My toes are so chewed up and swollen that I opted to change up today's workout. Over all I feel pretty good after yesterday's race: mild quad soreness, a little upper ankle soreness, but my feet are the item that are holding me back for running. I did Runner's World Recovery Yoga video and I swear, I did all the poses perfectly. ;)
Planned: 6 miles Actual: Recovery Yoga
For all of you that thought I was some kind of crazy for my 18 miler on a tread mill a few weeks ago, check out this guy, Fast Cory. He ran 100 miler on a quarter mile track! I am totally in awe of him, but notice one of his points is that things that might seem "miserable" are actually the best kind of mental training. Cory writes a fun blog about his ultra training and racing. Great inspiration!
If you are looking for more hot weather training tips, Outside had a nice article with advice from elite ultramarathoners.
How was your week? Do you ever use a race as training for another?