This was my last big week for my 50k on April 22, and I needed it to be solid, if only for my confidence. I had two stressful low mileage weeks and I took nearly 7 straight days off to recoup. It began a couple Fridays ago when I planned a 22-mile long run. I had been up all night with a sick boyfriend, and the run was unexpectedly warm and exposed to the sun. I forgot my sunscreen and was clammy from dehydration. At the same time, I was overly anxious about things happening at work and I couldn’t let the stress go. I was uncomfortable and frustrated, and I called it quits at 11 miles.
A couple days later, I came down with a stomach flu, missed a few more runs, and then decided to take the rest of the week off because I had zero energy or motivation to run. Consequently, I missed two weeks of training logs. A wise friend reminded me that every training plan has an unwritten rule to listen to your body and take a break when you need to. So, that’s what I did.
This week, I hit reset and felt like the break was the best thing I could have done. My track workout was solid and since it had been so long since I’d run trails, my legs felt fresh when I finally hit them again on Thursday. Most importantly, my mind was in the right place, and I enjoyed both of my weekend runs (except for the part when I was rattled at by a rattlesnake!).
Monday – 1 hour core
Tuesday – Track: 15 minutes warm-up, 7×5 minute repeats with 1 minute rest, 15 minute cool-down. Total 8.6 miles.
Wednesday – 30 minutes yoga
Thursday – 9 miles hilly trails at “steady” pace
Friday – 3 miles easy and 1 hour core
Saturday – 20 miles long trail run
Sunday – 10 miles easy run
Total: 51.2 miles, 4,731 ft