Raspberry’s Training Log – 8.29.16

Coastal views help to pass the miles.

There are things I love to do besides run, but you wouldn’t know it. With back-to-back long runs this weekend, I found myself awake with insomnia worrying about how I was going to get it all done, on top of commitments to celebrate birthdays with my family, cheer on my brother as he ran his own marathon, and shop for a dishwasher. Somehow I manage most of it, although Sunday’s run left me more exhausted than I’ve felt in a long time, and I’m currently sitting in my dining room surrounded by chores left undone. Thankfully, today is a rest day, so time for some tunes & dish-washing (alas, by hand – dishwasher shopping did not actually happen)!

Monday – rest from running, 1 hour Power Sculpt

Tuesday – 5.2 miles easy. Dropped my car off at the shop in the morning and ran home from work.

Wednesday – Speedwork on the treadmill (started watching Netflix’s Stranger Things): 15 minute warm-up, 7 x 5 min intervals, 15 minute cool-down. A bit rough to begin, but completed workout with a slightly slower interval pace than last week. Total = 8 miles.

Thursday – 10 miles easy & core

Friday – 6 miles easy was on the calendar, but I chose an additional rest day instead.

Saturday – 28 mile long run. Changed things up a little and headed out to the Marin Headlands for this run. Gorgeous & peaceful run that made the miles pass fairly easily. Ran a few miles with a friend, but most of the run was solo and rather calm and enjoyable. You can’t help but love life when you’re running in the Headlands.

Sunday – A 15 mile long run that was pretty much the opposite experience of Saturday’s blissful run. This one almost didn’t happen. I spent Saturday night at my sister’s house & barely slept a wink, cheered on my brother as he ran the Santa Rosa Marathon in the morning, then went to a local park to fit in my run before heading home. Upon arrival at the park, I had zero motivation to get out of my car, so I decided to drive home. Only after a nap at around 3pm, I finally forced myself to get up and run. I picked an exposed, incredibly boring but flat route with a newly opened bike path, put on a podcast and dragged myself along. The entire run felt like the last six miles of a bad marathon. The plus side: I can say I was heat training in the hot afternoon, simulating the end of my race. I have never run 5o miles before, but I can imagine this was close to that feeling! Celebrated the end of the weekend with beer and ahi poke tuna tacos – yum!

Total: 66.3 miles; Elevation: 5,282 ft.

A teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area who loves trail running, backpacking and cycling. Having grown up in the Sierra Nevada foothills, I secretly aspire to run Western States 100 someday. Realizing it might not be as crazy as it sounds (maybe it is), I am currently training for my next ultra.

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  1. I have never done back to back long runs THAT long before but man you are so right that there are benefits though..I mean running on tired legs, and simulating heat and last few miles. But seriously, badass and way to get it done!