This week left me a little depleted with a high mileage weekend following a fun but tiring family camping trip. My parents, my siblings and their families, and I spent Tuesday through Friday at June Lake in the Eastern Sierras. While beautiful; wind, heat and poor sleep left my total mileage a little lower than I had wanted, and I didn’t get in any core. That said, I’m pleased with the quality of some of the runs this week: a tough hill workout at elevation, and a confidence boosting fun long run that turned into a race.
Monday – Easy day to recover from the previous weekend’s long runs. Celebrated the 4th with a run and potluck with my running group. 5 miles total.
Tuesday – Rest. Traveled to June Lake today.
Wednesday – Hill repeats at 8,000 feet! My plan called for 5 x 5 minute repeats with 1 minute recovery in between. Since June Lake sits at the base of the Sierras, I had my pick of mountains to climb. I chose a random trail on the map, and practiced power hiking as much of the trail wasn’t runnable for me. 5.7 miles total.
Thursday – Rest. Plan called for 5 miles easy, but the wind, sun and lack of sleep left me wiped out. Instead, I tried stand up paddleboarding for the first time and meandered around piles of obsidian rocks.
Friday – Rest. Drove home from June Lake, went to bed at 7pm, and mentally prepared for a weekend of running.
Saturday – A jump in my plan’s mileage led me to sign up for a local 30K – the Golden Gate Trail Run. Although the trails in the Marin Headlands are gorgeous with stunning views of the ocean, San Francisco, and the Golden Gate Bridge, I saw nothing unless it was within 10 feet in front of me. Instead, I listened to the waves break while I meandered through fog, and it was quite peaceful as there were very few runners around me. It was supposed to be a long slow run, but I was itching to see what I could do, so I pushed myself to run/power hike the uphills, move quickly through the aid stations and enjoy the downhills. I was happy with my effort, ran sub-11 minute miles over almost 4,000 feet of elevation, and placed first in my age group (out of 8 – gotta love small races!)! 18.5 miles total.
Sunday – I felt slightly nervous about today. This was my first long back-to-back weekend. 16 miles were on the calendar, and I may have pushed myself a little too hard on Saturday. But, I allowed myself to sleep in, downloaded a few motivating running podcasts and told myself to just get out there and do what I could. I managed to slog out the 16 miles, and while I’m a little hobbly today, I know I have a good recovery week coming up, so I’m happy to have pushed through. 16 miles total.
Total mileage: 45.3 Elevation: 6,568 ft.