Last Week’s Workouts

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Last week’s workouts were simple thanks to a mini taper for the Loon Mountain Race on Sunday.  In addition, full on summer running has graced us FINALLY!  It’s hot, it’s humid and no one better complain about it.  Lol.  The timing was perfect for the 4th of July and an extended holiday weekend.

So I’ve got mixed emotions about how Loon went down.  Stay tuned for Wednesday for the full recap. Until then…here’s the rundown of last week’s workouts.

Monday

30 minutes Arc Trainer Intervals

Strength training – Bullet Proof Leg Circuit + upper body, core and mobility

My only strength training session for the week to make sure my legs were rested for race day.

Tuesday

32 minute run, 3.7 miles

It was my last workout before Loon – Attacking the hills and recovering on the downhill/flats. A few hills felt great but a few others were slower than usual. I’m blaming Max. He doesn’t understand that we can’t stop to smell/pee when it’s hill attacking time.

Morning Flow Yoga @ Bending Bodhi

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Wednesday

35 minute run, 4 miles, 281 ft elev gain

An easy morning run with Kyle.  I love that our mouths run as much as our legs.

Thursday

32 minute power walk

Since I swapped a cross training day with a running day and it was a holiday, I opted to keep things easy with a power walk with Max before the 4th of July festivities got under way.

Friday

Rest day!

Saturday

20 minute shake out run

It was 80 degrees and humid AF but 8 a.m. I took things nice and easy and hoped that the predicted (much cooler) weather for Sunday’s race would be right on.

Sunday

Race day – Loon Mountain Race – Full recap coming soon!

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All smiles because Upper Walking Boss is done…and we survived!

How was your week in workouts?

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Getting Ready for My First Ultra

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I’ve said I wanted to run an ultra for quite some time now.

I’m guessing that thought started swirling in my mind about 3 or 4 years ago. I was falling in love more with trail running. Road marathons were nice but I didn’t love it.

More aptly, my body didn’t love it.

I’ve had my eye on one 50k since then. This year, I finally thought it was going to happen. We were planning on a trip to Michigan to visit family around the same time that the Grand Island 50k was happening. It was all too perfect.

Well, not really. Sadly, the race was off the table for 2019. Scheduling wasn’t going to work.

So then I started looking for another race.

I wanted something that wasn’t too late in the fall.  Once September rolls around, kid fall sports starts up and that means Ron and I having to divide and conquer on the weekends as we shuttle kids around.

I wanted something that was not loops. I knew if I had to run past my car at multiple times throughout the race, it would give me the opportunity to take a DNF and tag out.

I wanted something that was mostly trails, jeep roads and a little technical but not super crazy technical that I’d be setting myself up for a broken ankle.

The Vermont 50 sounded good.

I marked the date that registration opened on May 25th. On that day, I sat down at my computer to register and I froze.

Could I really run an ultra?

Lots of doubts started to flood my mind.

It’s been 2 years since I even attempted marathon training. My longest long run in the past year has been maybe 15 miles? Will I have time to get to the trails to run long? Do I want to spend my summer weekends running long? Why do I want to run an ultra? Is 5000 ft of elevation gain too much for your first ultra?

I pushed away from the computer. I couldn’t register. I talked Ron’s ear off about what I should do. He was super supportive, telling me to go for it. I consulted ultra running friends for feedback. I asked my coach if he thought it was doable. Everyone was onboard.

But my doubts were overtaking everything.

After a few days of contemplating, I decided NOT to do it.

I’d find another race or wait to do Grand Island in 2020.

Even though I decided not to do it, I couldn’t stop thinking about the race.

Why was I so afraid?

About two weeks after registration opened, I was scrolling through the camera roll on my phone. I found a picture I took a screen shot of back in 2016.

Guess what it was?

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The Vermont 50 logo.

I took that as a sign that this was the race for me to do.

I sat down at my computer and registered.

Of course, I texted Ron right before I hit submit and asked, “Are you sure I should do this?!?!?!”

Vermont 50 training will officially start in 2 weeks. My coach has given me a down week next week before transitioning to ultra training. I’ve seen the next 6 weeks of my training plan and it doesn’t look too different than what I’m doing now – just longer long runs, obviously.

I’m letting go of expectations for my first ultra. I’m prepared to hike a lot. I know it’s going to s-u-c-k at points. These next 12 weeks will be about not only prepping my body but also my mind for the duration. I’ll be picking the brains of all my ultra friends to figure out what the hell I got myself into. Hahaha!

I can’t wait!

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Last Week’s Workouts

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Last week’s workouts were full of my favorites – friends, road, dirt, mountains, vert and dogs. It was the last big week of workouts before a short taper for Loon Mountain this week. I’m ready to see the Boss!

Monday

30 min Stepmill Intervals

10 min Arc Trainer Strength Intervals

Strength Training – Bullet Proof Leg Circuit + various upper body, core, mobility exercises

Tuesday

61 minutes running, 7 miles, 8:47 avg/pace

An easy hour of running, cruising around town with Kyle, chatting away the whole entire time. I love summer running!

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Later in the day, I hit up Bending Bodhi Yoga for a nice and flowy class that hit up all the right places. Ahhhhh.

Wednesday

30 min Stepmill Intervals

Strength training – Mountain leg circuit + Upper body, core, mobility

Thursday

50 min running, 5.26 miles, 722 ft elev gain

Kyle and I visited the big hill in town for some repeats. Her training plan called for 60 sec sprints while my objective was to gain as much elevation as possible.

My legs felt like lead and had zero spring. I’m not surprised after lifting heavy the day before. And it was the first really humid day of the summer. The temps were in the 60s but it was soupy AF. Post run, we were feeling a little wacky.  I have no idea what is going on in the above pic. Hill repeats will do that to you!

Friday

Rest day…kind of.

One of my fav things is back for the summer – Bending Bodhi’s Sunset Yoga Hike. It was a gorgeous night for a short hike to the summit followed up with some yoga. If you’ve never practiced outside with the wind tickling your arm hair, the sun warming your face, the sound of birds chirping everywhere and the steadiness of the earth under your feet, you are missing out.

photo cred: Bending Bodhi

Saturday

88 minute trail run, 5.2 miles, 2009 ft elev gain

I made the trip to Gunstock Mountain in search of dirt and vert. I found both plus lots of horseflies and mosquitoes. It’s that time of year, after all. It was humid AF but then it started to rain. As much as I hate running in the rain, it cooled me off. Thankfully, it wasn’t a down pour and didn’t make the trails a sloppy, muddy mess.

The training plan called for 60 minutes but I wanted a little bit more of climbing after taking it uber easy down Gunstock. It’s full of big, ankle rolling rocks. I don’t need that in my life right now. I hit Mt. Rowe for some more climbing and found a new alternative route up to the cell tower that was AHHHHMAZING. Major score!

Sunday

31 minute run, 3.3 miles

My knees and quads were a little sore (I’m looking at you, downhill) so I rolled and stretched a bit before hitting the road for easy miles with Max. After 1 mile, I felt good as gold.

Max knows the drill – the phone comes out, it’s Blue Steel time!

I’m feeling strong and ready for Loon. Bring on the taper!

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