Cilantro’s Training Log – 2.22.2014

I’m posting my training logs on the day the week ends!?!?!  I’m really getting ahead of the game here. *pats self on back*

I had an interesting week in ultra training.  On Sunday, we saw that weather was going to change for the better (read: warmer) at the beginning of the week, so we changed up my run schedule so I could do my scheduled 31-mile run outside.

Yes.  I ran 31 miles this week.  And it was hard.  And so were the next three runs after the 31 miles.  And now I’m worried that I won’t be able to run 62 since 31 was really quite exhausting.  But that’s anxiety for another day and maybe another post.

This week’s runs:

Sunday: 2 miles, very very slow, just to get my legs moving.

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 31 miles.  Averaged a 10:34 post which I was really happy with.  It was slushy outside and some places I was running through calf-length snow.  But I did it, and that made me very happy.

Wednesday: 4 painful, slow miles.  It was highly suggested that I needed to get my body moving the day after 31 miles, and I did.  And I felt better the next day when I woke up, so I’m glad I did these miles in retrospect, but at the time I was not happy about them.

Thursday: 8 miles, 9:30 pace.  I had some quad soreness, but that was working itself out by mile two of the run.  I felt like I could have run much longer, but kept it short and slow.

Friday: 16 miles, 10 pace.  This was probably my toughest run of the week.  I think that I didn’t fuel before the run appropriately, and every step felt heavy.

Saturday: 12 quick miles (for me) at a 9 minute mile pace.  I felt really good today and my quad soreness is almost completely gone.

Weekly totals: 74 miles

I feel like I’m back on track recovery-wise after the 31-miler on Tuesday, but I’m definitely looking forward to an active rest day tomorrow.  I’m still feeling a little uncertain about how I’m going to double this run for race day, but I’m not going to let that push me into overtraining. Some of my weirdest soreness is in my back and neck – the soreness in my legs seems to work itself out, but not in my upper body.  I’m splurging for a sports massage today to work some of that out, but not sure what I’m doing wrong and how I can fix it.

Cilantro out.

Ultrarunner, yoga teacher, academic, and feminist. I write about ultrarunning, feminism, and the intersection of running and life.

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  1. Ok, your training log is the best encouragement I’ve felt all month. I signed up for my first 50k on a whim (31 for you 31st, right?) but I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed. Seeing my race distance as your Tuesday training run just put it properly in perspective. Thank you so much!

    1. I’m glad it was motivational and 31 miles is a feat no matter what level you are running at (at least I think so)! Good luck and keep us updated!

  2. Sounds like a hard week, but that work will serve you well come race day. I am sure it was good to run a few miles after that 31 miler to stay loose. Good for you for getting it done. When is your race?

    1. I think so – I was a little unsure since I’ve really benefitted from rest days, but I do think it was good. Race day is March 29 which is simultaneously too close and too far away!