Oregano’s Training Log – 6.19.2016

Running on Mt. Hood near Little Crater Lake
Running on Mt. Hood near Little Crater Lake

Plan for the week: About four weeks out from my race, this is the last “hard” week of this training cycle!

Monday 6/13: Rest day from running. I did core/strength and went to a yoga class. Yoga is still not my thing, but this class was pretty good, incorporating more strength and balance and less laying on the ground.

Tuesday 6/14: Run: 6.2 miles easy

Wednesday 6/15: Easy run in the morning and then a workout in the afternoon. Run: 5.2 miles easy in the am + eat a donut, 3 x 10 minutes uptempo with 3-4 minutes jog between reps in the afternoon. Total = 15.4 miles

Thursday 6/16: Run: 7.1 miles easy + core/strength

Friday 6/17: I took the day off of work and ran the out and back section of the 50k course. I think it had more elevation gain than my watch said – felt mostly uphill on the way out and mostly downhill on the way back. It was all runnable singletrack with rocks and roots and pinecones and lots of downed trees, but still pretty smooth compared to many places! It’s going to be hard to pass people for this entire race – and everyone will have to pass everyone else at some point since like 15 miles of it is an out and back, so that will be interesting! I definitely had some good takeaways that will help me on race day! Run: 15.2 miles (trail – 1,709ft elevation gain)

On the Pacific Crest Trail - in the shadow of a cloudy Mt. Hood
On the Pacific Crest Trail – in the shadow of a cloudy Mt. Hood

Saturday 6/18: My watch got confused on this run. I know how far it was from the map, but my watch said 4,349ft elevation gain…which is definitely not correct. I mean, there were plenty of hills, but not THAT many! Maybe it was making up for Friday? I started out a bit tired and stiff, but the weather was way better than forecast and after a few miles everything felt fine and I got to just enjoy the morning. Run: 22.5 miles (trail – ? elevation gain)

Sunday 6/19: Flew to Boston in the am and ran along the Charles River! Run: 5 miles

Total Mileage: 71.4 miles

Summary: A new record for highest mileage week! The long runs felt really good in general, as did the workout, and now I just need to do some fine tuning, stay healthy and not freak out! Three weeks until race day!

I'm a proud resident of Portlandia, ex-running store employee, pulmonary emboli conquerer and connoisseur of high fives. I write about running community, trail running/training and anything else that grabs my immediate interest. I'm currently running for fun with my crazy friends - no races on the horizon YET.

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