Yes, I’m actually posting a training log! It’s been so long, I can’t even remember the last time I wrote one, sorry.
This week ended another training cycle for me. I’m off to Pennsylvania for the Oil Creek 100K on Saturday. I’ve attempted this race and distance before two years ago, but quit at mile 23 with a knee injury. This weekend’s race has been two years in the making and I’m so happy that race week is finally here.
And this training cycle has been…interesting to say the least. After Mohican, I took about a week or so off before jumping right back into long runs to help my friend Erin get ready for her first 100 mile at Burning River. During training, I also went back and forth on wanting to run another 100 this year. I had planned to, but wasn’t sure if I actually wanted to. After pacing Erin at Burning River and starting to really up the miles training for Oil Creek, I started to feel a little run down and burnt out at the end of August. I was having a hard time getting myself out the door to run and found myself relying on other people or my iPod to get going. I was starting to dread running and I just wasn’t happy with how I was performing.
Then things changed at the beginning of September. I don’t know what it is about my training cycles this year that I have to go through some sort of life event while training for my A races. My summer of happiness and bliss was abruptly over and I was a bit lost. Looking back on it now, it’s only helped me become a stronger runner and person overall, but this year and this past month has definitely been a test of my faith and motivation. And to deal with it, I ended up just throwing myself into training in September, decided against adding in another 100 and had a really strong month of training.
I took things pretty easy last week:
Monday: Rest day!
Tuesday: Hill repeats: 30 min warmup, 5 x 2:00 hill repeats with 2:30 recovery jog back down the hill, 30 min cool down. I did these on the trail after work and was a bit tired going in. This was my last hard workout of the training cycle and it was a great way to cap off an amazing month of training.
Wednesday: 53 min, 6.2 mi roads. I actually woke up before work and got this run in!!! Since it was 5 am, it started out a little slow for the first half, but I felt much better after that and was able to run a better pace. It had been more than a month since I was able to get out of bed before work and run.
Thursday: 66 min, 8 mi roads. I planned on waking up in the morning again, but I didn’t wake up for this one after staying out way too late the night before. I’m glad I didn’t too since it was warm and sunny and probably the last warm and nice day we’ll have until next year.
Friday: Rest day!
Saturday: 85 min, 7.5ish mi trails. I did an out and back before driving down to Columbus to visit a friend. I took it super easy and just enjoyed the cool fall day and the trail and the fall colors. The trails are so beautiful this time of year!
Sunday: 57 min, 6.2 mi. I ran with my friend around her house and just kept her pace. It was nice to run with someone since I’ve been alone most of the time lately and take it easy.
I took some time today to start preparing for the race too and started getting my drop bags prepared. It’s weird to be getting ready for something less than 100 miles and it’s weird that I haven’t raced since June. I’m super excited to race again and definitely beyond excited to go back to Oil Creek and finish what I started two years ago.