Raspberry’s Training Log – 9.18.16

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Trails at their best in the fall

I’m catching up on two weeks of training logs today. Last week was a recovery week, so I didn’t have much to post. I’m not the type of person who gets anxious to run on prescribed days off. I love being lazy! This week was the first of two fine-tuning weeks, then I have a two week taper, and race day will be here in three weeks! I can’t believe it’s almost here. I struggled to get back into the groove this week, with a little cold mid-week and feeling overall slightly burned out (craziness at work doesn’t help). Still, this training cycle has seemed to fly by, and it’s time to start reflecting on it all. While my weekly mileage has consistently been on the low side of the plan, I hit nearly all of the critical workouts, and am fairly certain I’ve run more than the 80% needed to be ready for race day. But, since it’s my first 50 miler, I really have no idea how it is going to go, and the jitters are starting!

9/5-9/11 – Recovery week

Monday – Rest

Tuesday – 4.2 easy laps around the track

Wednesday – Rest

Thursday – Rest again! (okay, I was supposed to run today, but Krissy Moehl says if you feel like taking an extra day off during recovery, then you should.)

Friday – 4 trail miles – sluggish

Saturday – Feeling much better, 10 solo trail miles

Sunday – 6 easy miles, conveniently starting and ending at a new brunch stop in town.

Total: 24.2 miles

9/12-9/18

Monday – Rest day

Tuesday – 7 miles before dawn. I love getting my run in first thing in the morning. I am trying to do this at least once per week, but dragging myself out of bed is hard! It’s not going to get any easier as it gets colder. Any tips are appreciated!

Wednesday – 15 minute warm-up, 7 x 5 min intervals with 1 minute rest, 15 minute cool-down. Started to feel a small cold today, but forced myself to do some speedwork. This was the workout I’d struggled with the past couple attempts, so I knew I couldn’t skip it. The weather has started to turn slightly, and the cool evening felt really good. I ran the workout on the road instead of the track and hit some fast speeds (for me – low 7:00s) that I hadn’t hit previously on the track. During a week when I struggled to find motivation, seeing clear progress feels great. 8.3 miles total.

Thursday – Skipped my 3 easy miles. Slept in and went to Avett Brothers concert instead.

Friday – 7 hilly miles. The workout on the plan said to run the opposite of Wednesday, so since I chose speed on Wednesday, I ran hills today. Pushed it a bit up the hills, cruised down. While the weather earlier in the week started to cool down, I forgot to hydrate, and it reached back into the 90s by Friday – hence, slightly queasy.

Saturday – Last back-to-back long run weekend. I intended to drive to my race course for another preview of the trails, but when the alarm went off, I chose an extra hour of sleep over the drive. Stayed in my tried & true local park, hitting nearly every trail forwards and backwards. It wasn’t awful because I switched up the routine a little bit and scored some new Strava records ;) 25 miles total.

Sunday – 6 miles on the road, and 6 miles on the trails. Tired, but ran with two friends who are recently returned from injury, so spent some long overdue time catching up. 12 miles total.

Total: 59.3 miles; 7,244 ft elevation

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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