50 Miler Peak Week 2
|September 10, 2012||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
First, thank you for the supportive comments, tweets, texts and emails in my response to a downer of a post on Friday. Clearly, this training shit is draining, and everyone goes through a few low and ugly moments each cycle. If this stuff was easy, it wouldn’t be as much fun or nearly as rewarding in the end. Right? Right.
I went into this weekend determined to turn things around and emerge feeling better about life and running. While my workouts were far from physically easy, they were confidence boosting and helped get me excited to tackle the third and final peak week. And not only did I get every single freakin’ mile done but I managed to spend major QT with friends too. And believe me, after last week, that was just about as important as getting my workouts in.
Here’s a quick and dirty training recap for last week:
Monday: Pilates and a 5 mile recovery run (after last weekend’s 32/20 B2B long run)
I was planning to take the day totally off from running, but then I started playing with my hokas after pilates class and I couldn’t resist taking a new pair for a test run through the zoo. I could not believe how good my legs felt coming off of the 52 mile weekend. It is nothing short of insane to me how much my recovery needs have changed in the last 4 months.
Tuesday: 10 mile run w/ 4×1 mile @ half marathon pace
<3 me some speed work.
Wednesday: 7 mile run-am
Upper Body Strength Training-lunch
9 mile run-pm
Thursday: 5 mile run with a surprise new running friend around the mall (Hi Loren!)
Friday: 5 mile easy hill run complete with sidewalk tumble. I should probably stop running in the dark unless I’m equipped with a headlamp and knuckle lights…and knee pads, elbow pads and a helmet.
6 mile run at lunch
Saturday: 35 mile run
The longest run I’ve ever done for both time and distance. This thing was brutal. After several weeks of logging long runs with new (and old) running friends, I decided to go solo and unplugged. It’s SO much easier to run long when you have people to chat with or music to listen to. But on race day, I’m not going to be able to rely on running chat or Carly Rae to get me through the tough miles. Sure, I might make a friend of two along the way, but I highly doubt I’ll get quite as lucky as I did back in May.
I tried to make the route resemble race conditions as much as possible. I stuck to pavement, even though every muscle in my body wanted to hit the trails. I set out at the exact race start time. And, I hit the hilliest route I know in the DC area from mile 20 to mile 30 to test how major climbs (AND descents) feel on a pair of rather fatigued legs. (Answer: surprisingly okay.)
It was hot. It was a mental battle starting at mile 10 when I realized I still had a full marathon to go. It was five and a half hours of learning what makes me feel like I don’t want to keep running and what makes me push through it. It was the run where I realized that 35 miles is DEFINITELY harder than 30, 31 or 32 miles. And on a related note, the run where I began to truly respect the challenge of the distance I’m about to race. It was a bit of a death march at the end but I finished. I know most people will tell you that 30-32 miles is a sufficient distance to train before running a 50 miler, but something about completing 35, and reaching a distance 15 miles short of the race total, instead of 18, was something that I really needed to do.
Longest training run of this cycle: checked off the mother effing list.
Sunday: Run for the Parks Half Marathon
More later, but the quick version is: I agreed to accompany my friend Tris to his first half marathon. (Which is funny because he’s done four fulls since I’ve known him.) It was a blast, the course was great, and my legs responded surprisingly well to running alongside my speedy friend. Probably because my liver bribed them to get to post-race refueling faster.
SEE! Running/life balance=met.
Weekly total: 95 miles