It has been three weeks since I posted my last training log. I went on a backpacking trip that turned out to be far more intense than I thought it would be, went back to work as soon as I returned, and thus have been slightly fatigued and in recovery mode since. But, after a solid week of training, I’m feeling strong again, and I’m ready to post an update!
August 1-8: A good friend, my boyfriend, and I completed section 1 of the Sierra High Route – a mostly off-trail trek that parallels the John Muir Trail, but stays above 10,000 feet. Going off-trail meant our pace slowed substantially as we followed obscure directions (“Follow the contours due north until you see an inconspicuous rock outcropping.“) with the aid of a map and compass. It also involved boulder hopping, climbing scree and talus fields, and (the very best part) glissading down snowfields. Basically, a great core workout.
August 9-14: The day after I returned home, I had to head back to work. After a week of poor sleep and caloric deficiency, I couldn’t jump right back into training. For the rest of the weekdays, I skipped the speedwork, ran a couple recovery runs, and took a couple days off. Then, on the weekend, too anxious to skip my long runs, I ran 22 miles on Saturday and 11 miles on Sunday. I think I also threw in some yoga for good measure.
August 15-21: Wiped out after the back-to-back long run weekend, I started the week feeling sluggish, but ended it feeling back to my usual self. Successful summer vacation to back-to-work transition is complete! Here’s how this week went:
Monday: 3 miles easy pace plus 1 hour power yoga (arms were sore for days!).
Tuesday: 6.3 miles easy.
Wednesday: 15 minute warm-up, 6 x 5 minute intervals, 15 minute cool-down. I feel like I have lost some speed, as this workout felt slower and harder than usual. I think I was between 5-10 seconds/mile behind my usual interval pace. 7.5 miles total.
Thursday: 6 miles steady – slightly faster than easy pace, and starting to feel like myself again. Resumed Thursday night tradition of indoor rock climbing (core).
Friday: Rest day!
Saturday – 25 miles long run.
Sunday – 14 miles long run, and didn’t feel terrible the rest of the day – even accomplished chores and grocery shopping!
Total: 61.9 miles, Elevation: 5,282 feet. 7 weeks to race day!