HTC Game Plan
|August 22, 2012||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
Good morning from 30,000 feet above an unknown region of America!
With a 6am flight and a packed day ahead, I knew my mileage opportunities would be limited for the day, so I set my alarm for the hour of super-duper-early:30 and was out the door for a quick 5 mile run before 4am.
I learned that at this ungodly hour of the day, my legs are able to start functioning before my eyes gain the ability to open.
Don’t worry mom, I played it safe and ran in well lit areas, carried my phone, and practiced my self defense moves before I hit the streets.
It was actually kind of fun to run at such an early hour, and my run was speedier than my normal easy morning miles since I was running with some kind of “if they can’t catch me, they can’t mug me” logic. Clearly, it worked beautifully.
Now, let’s chat some HTC relay.
Last year, when I headed out west to join fellow nuunies for 200 miles of running around Oregon, I was in a slightly different place in my athletic pursuits. I had just finished Ironman Lake Placid 4 weeks before the relay and proceeded to spend the entire month of August introducing my face to every carton of ice cream in the greater DC area. Meanwhile, running, biking, and swimming, played very minor roles during that period of my life, earning “Exercise #1” and “Brief exercise with bathing suit” in the rolling credits of August.
When I ran Hood to Coast, it reignited that spark that drives me to train my ass off and chase big fat scary goals.
I left the Pacific Northwest excited to start running fast and running often. But believe me, I was far from that place when we started our little 200 mile trek from the Hood to the Coast.
This year, I’m clearly in a very different place. Instead of being slightly concerned about my ability to complete three strenuous legs of relay running after a month of inactivity, I’m worried about not running enough to satisfy my 50 miler training goals. So, in a very uncharacteristic move, I have a little bit of a plan to rack up some miles over the next few days.
Starting with my 3:45 am jog around DC. I’ll chase these miles later today with whatever I can squeeze into the day’s itinerary.
Tomorrow: I’m driving down to Oregon for work. That’s right, the day before the relay, I’m trekking a butt ton of miles down I5 and then ALL THE WAY BACK before making the same drive the next day. It is going to be a super fun 48 hours of quality car/van time. Because of the crazy amount of road time I’m looking at tomorrow, I’ll be hitting the treadmill at 4am and pounding out 7-8ish miles for an easy day of running.
Friday: because my total mileage for HTC is only around 16 miles for two days, and that’s a pretty standard one day total for me, I need to get creative to get in some extra running. Luckily, as a member of van 2, we don’t depart from Seattle until 10am. My plan is to wake up and meet some of my non-HTC running Seattle favorites for 10-12 miles before hitting the road.
Then, it’s game time.
Runner #7. 3 legs. 16.21 total miles.
Instead of all out racing my legs at HTC, I’m planning to treat each one as an opportunity for quality speed/hill work.
And now I’m being told to power down my electronics, you can imagine that my social media addicted self never loves this time of the flight.
Next stop: Seattle!