When I first started “planning,” well actually more like a general visualization of what my training will be like for the upcoming months of the 50 miler, I thought I would have lots of 90s, even 100 mile weeks. It seemed easy after following one too many ultra runners on facebook who on a daily whim run a 50K like its eating breakfast.
Well needless to say, that did not happen. On many weeks I struggled to even hit 60 miles, often resulting in 2 runs a day to get my mileage in. I still think I can handle 90 miles of running a week physically but mentally, I struggle for the time and energy. I struggle to find time for friends and family, for being focused at a full time 8:30-5:30 (often longer in March/April) job. I struggle to find time to follow all my TV shows I love (Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time, Vampire Dairies etc.). Then, there’s this little blog that I love working on. And this doesn’t even brush any normal life chores, home ownership or interests I may have. So yes, mentally and time-wise handling a 90 mile week on a regular basis just did not happen like I thought I would. I considered waking up earlier, but I love my sleep too much and it’s been a cold long winter. Maybe next year….
So instead I think I’ve reached what will be the mileage pinnacle of this training cycle… 81 Miles. Here’s a breakdown of how it got done.
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 16 Miles
I did two runs outsides of 8 miles each. One around noon at 7:50 pace, one after work at 8:37 pace. Needless to say, the evening run was a struggle.
Sometimes on rough days, I take even a short run outside and remember just how lucky I am to be able to run where I am.
Wednesday – 6.2 Miles
54 minutes on my work treadmill at incline 3. I thought I would struggle because I ran the night before. However, I think the slower evening pace was easier to recover than the faster midday run I took.
Thursday – 7 Miles
Incline 2 on the treadmill after work. I struggled to wake up early to run so that didn’t happen so evening miserable run it was.
Friday – 6 Miles
About 50 minutes mostly on incline 2 with some 3s thrown in. It was a struggle to run on Friday, esp with my plans for Saturday & Sunday but I had a goal of wanting to hit 80 miles so I took it slow and stopped as soon as I reached 6 miles.
Saturday – 20 trail miles
About 16 miles of trails. As mentioned before I fell before I even reached mile 10. There was crying, there was pouting and then I ran 10 miles more for a total of 4 hours and about average pace of 12 minutes which included my crying/falling time.
Sunday – 26.2 Miles
Cox Providence Marathon. I’ll have a full recap up when I have time but for now, here’s the summary:
Total Mileage – 81 Miles
Total Feelings – Cloud 9! After hitting some low worrying points on the upcoming 50 miler, I’m back in the I can do this mood! I almost ran 50 miles over the weekend. I was short 3.6 miles! What stopped me on Sunday? I already showered and washed my hair for a dinner. Yes, I’m a girl, sometimes I skip runs because I don’t want to blowdry my hair again. Deal with it.