I took a different approach to training this week. I knew I had been pushing too hard between work and training, so I planned to do no more than the minimum this week. That meant no junk miles after my CFE intervals, no extra crossfit workouts, no workouts over an hour except Saturday, and a real rest day (no matter how easy I thought I had taken it all week). Frankly, I should have been doing this all along, but my ultra in ultrarunner also means ultra as in overdo it, always.
Smarten up, Cilantro.
Monday: 5 miles total, 3×3:30 at 7:30 pace. Crossfit after work: 5 rounds: 3xdeadlift, 6xpush-ups, 9xsquats.
Tuesday: 3 miles total, 8x:20 at 8:00 pace, treadmill incline at 12%, :10 rest (Tabata). 1250m rowed to cool down. Crossfit after work: 30 rounds: 5xjumping jacks, 2xburpees, 3xstanding push-presses.
Wednesday: 4 miles easy. Crossfit after work: 7 mn AMRAP: 2xpush-up, 2xKB swing (35 pounds), 2xsit-up. 5×5 biceps.
Thursday: 5 miles total, 2×9:00 8:00 pace, 3:00 recovery. 10x100m sprints to warm up.
Friday: 6 miles, easy (hilly route, 9:00 average pace)
Saturday: 10 miles, easy.
Total: 33 miles
Although my mileage is low, I am happy with it. I have a job that I love and feel completely lucky to have. The reality, at least for now, is that my job takes priority over training, and I’m accepting that this might mean no ultras for me this year. It’s not ideal, but I’m also not broken up about it. In fact, it’s kind of a relief.
But who knows how I’ll feel in a month. Heck, who knows how I’ll feel in a week. Happy running, training, working, and, most importantly, living.