Clove had a pretty tough week last week. I’ve been somewhat open about the fact that I’m walking through some shaky emotional territory right now, and last week was a real struggle. I kept the miles up (yay!) but I’ll admit, I don’t have a “current” image. Hence, the one to the right. When I’m struggling, I find it so important to remember who I really am today: light, free and safe.
One happy announcement from this past week of training is actually a switch in my summer goal race! While I had truly hoped to be running the Vermont 100 this year, I am simply too far down on the waitlist too late in the game. It is unlikely I’ll get into Vermont at this point, and to achieve the focus and direction I need to properly train for a 100 miler, I need to know I have a spot in that race. So I’ll be going “home” again to the Burning River 100, and I couldn’t be more excited. It shifts my training plan by a week (since Burning River is a week later than Vermont), but otherwise, things are on track. 97 miles for the week; three short of my 100 mile goal, but travel and circumstances were what they were, and for once in my life, I decided to let it be. Go me.
Saturday: 31 trail miles at Mohican with my dear friend Jay “Skinny Beast” Smithberger. An absolutely perfect day.
Sunday: 21 hilly road miles. Sore hilly road miles.
Monday: Two back to back spinning classes.
Tuesday: 8 morning miles with neighborhood group followed by core/Pilates class; 5 easy evening miles.
Wednesday: 21 easy but hilly road miles followed by a single spin class.
Thursday: 8ish kind of scary miles in Ogden, UT. I was traveling for work, in a deep funk, and not feeling entirely safe anywhere I was running. Ugh.
Friday: 3 easy pre-marathon miles in Ogden, UT. I needed to go back out for three more later in the day, but it was ugly, dark and pouring rain. As I said, I let it be.