Raspberry’s Training Log – 3.12.17

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

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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  1. Hi Raspberry!

    I just found your blog, and even though I haven’t had a chance to read much of it, I’m already a fan. I was wondering if you would be interested in participating or promoting the Donate Life 5k/10k/Kids Dash.

    The Donate Life Run/Walk is held to celebrate the many donors and their families touched by donation, along with raise funds to educate the public about the importance of organ and tissue donation.

    It will be held on September 9th, 2017, in the beautiful Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek, CA. For more information, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

    Thank you so much!
    Kelly Hall
    Community Education Assistant

    More information regarding the event: 5k.dnwest.org

    *Donor Network West is a non-profit that works to enrich the community through organ and tissue donation