Sunday, March 10, 2013

My biggest run weeks ever

The last 2 weeks have marked my biggest running weeks ever! As a triathlete I only had time to devote 3 days a week to running and I didn't believe my body could stay injury free with more than that. Not sure I believe that now but maybe if all my miles were on road it would prove true. Anyway, here's the rundown of my last big weeks of preparation for my first 50 mile race March 23.

Sunday - 5 mile steep snowshoe with husband on our Alta ski resort date I earned us in September
Monday - 13 miles on the treadmill. It was just so cold and I had to do it early I resorted to the treadmill and don't shoot me here...but it wasn't so horrible *gasp!*
Wednesday - 20 miles up Millcreek canyon with several other crazy friends. Yeah we started at 4am and it was SO cold. Had to have been below zero at the top. It was mentally tough to keep going with the cold but I'm glad I did and grateful to the friends who pushed me to keep going. Miles 17-20 felt the best
Friday - 20 miles on the canal roads by our house. An evening run that went well aside from some strange sharp stabbing head pains I get on occasion that are hopefully and likely a form of migraine and not a brain tumor ;)
Saturday - 14 miles on the treadmill. Evening again but wanted that back to back action. Wasn't horrible. Ran at 8:30 pace and incorporated three 5 min 10% grade speed hikes into it. Felt good
TOTAL: 67 running miles

Tuesday - 10 mile hilly snowy trail miles. Local Avenue Twins run. I wanted this week to include 2 hillier runs and while this isn't extreme, it was good for the time I had. Weird severe right knee pain on the way down after we had stopped for no more than a minute. Took me several minutes to kick it but all seems well now
Wednesday - 30 miles! Really wanted to do 30 again before the race. I've done that distance 4 times now. A group of us started at 4am on the Jeremy Ranch Rd near Park City. A 7.3 mile wide dirt road paritally snow covered running to East Canyon. Very remote, no houses, maybe a handful of cars the whole time. While in the dark wee hours of the morning I saw this big fish right on the road (snow). Thought, that's weird. Then we saw a fisherman's bucket, then his boot a minute later. I was convinced the body or killer was next! If it wasn't for friends there I would have been SO freaked out and turned around. I had fun with the fish on the way back. Ran the first half with friends then the last alone and while it was tough with slick snow and a strong headwind on the last back of the double out and back I got er done!
Friday - 8.4 hilly miles at Lake Mtn. Could feel my tired legs and probably hiked the last 3 miles up. At least the run down was nice
Saturday - 11.5 road miles with my friend April. My legs were a little tired but surprisingly ok on this run. Felt great knowing it was taper time after!
TOTAL: 60 miles

I haven't complained a ton and it's not that I don't feel fatigue or sometimes that it's hard to run for 3-5 hours, but honestly, I'm handling it.  I have loved watching my mind and body be challenged yet adapt.  I wanted to try ultras to mix up what I've done for so long and knew I'd like the new racing, but I didn't realize experiencing new trainng would be so interesting too.  Some of the runs I do I have a specific mile or time I want to go for, but for the most part it's get the time on the legs I can when I can.  I have also tried to follow the 10% rule.  And I rarely watch my min/mile avg because it's generally a lot slower than road with dirt/snow/hills.  Much better scenery though :)
Today I did 10 miles, my last double digit run before Buffalo 50 miler! I'm definitely playing it safe and tapering down well. No more time to build fitness and I feel good about what I've got. Now it's just time to rest the legs, run 4-5 milers to keep them sharp and loose and play the waiting game! I'll follow this up next week with a goal setting post

Avenue Twins

Beautiful sunrise on Jeremy Ranch Rd.  It's been neat running under stars, through sunrises and into the sun as well as a few sunsets

Caught with my own 2 hands  ;)

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