I left off two weeks ago having run a spontaneous and extremely slow 50K. I am happy to report that I recovered well from that little adventure, and training is moving along just fine. I am now six weeks out from my “real” 50K. Some things I’ve been thinking about this week: 1) I am beginning to figure out the right balance of road vs. trail miles as I’ve found that if I run solely on trails, my pace begins to slow significantly. I’m keeping some quality miles on the road to keep my pace up. 2) In addition to core twice a week, I’ve been doing push-ups every day since the new year. Even though I only do a short set, I’m starting to feel an improvement, and I think this core work is helping me recover well from my long runs – hey, #extrasalt! 3) My feet are super achy, so I’m trying out Hokas now.
Week of February 27 – March 5
Monday – 3 miles easy
Tuesday – Track workout: 2, 4, 2, 4, 2, 4, 2 minute intervals with half time recovery. I did not make this workout up! It is in my training plan. Total: 6.4 miles
Wednesday – 4 miles easy
Thursday – rest
Friday – 6 miles steady trail miles
Saturday – Since I ran a 50K the previous weekend, I switched out my miles this weekend to be recovery miles. 8 miles trails.
Sunday – rest
Total: 28 miles; 2,408 feet; NO core!
Week of March 6 – March 12
Monday – 4 miles easy & 1 hour Core
Tuesday – Track workout: 6 x 5 minute repeats with 1 minute recovery. 7.2 miles total
Wednesday – 7 miles steady
Thursday – rest
Friday – 3 miles easy & 1 hour core. Sunshine & tank top happy dance!
Saturday – 20 miles trails. My boyfriend’s first ever 20-miler! He survived and our relationship is still intact. Little snake on the trail.
Sunday – 8.6 miles trails. Huge rattlesnake on the trail. It is snake season! I really hoped to get to 10 today, but a near panic attack with an empty gas tank left me a little short. Oh, and I rode my bike to ice cream.
Total: 49.8 (Can we just round up to 50??) miles; 2,890 ft (surprisingly low, hmm); 2 core workouts