Biggest week yet! I told you shit got real! I’m feeling strong but it’s also becoming more evident each day how truly important fueling, rest, RE-fueling and stretching/rolling are during this process. Operation: Daily Nap kicks off next week once I’m all done at work for the summer! Lifelong Endurance has me feeling on track but there are still nine more weeks of work of to be done before Jack & Jill.
After my relaxed long run this morning I had a minor moment and told Coach that I was scared and wanted to know if my goal was possible. I already know it is, but at that moment I felt so unsure. He asked me if I’ve ever climbed a mountain before (yes) and whether or not I could see the top when I started (no). All I can do is keep working, day by day and trust what we are building together. I’ll get there.
Monday, May 21st – easy day
This run was seriously magical. If you read my post about the observations I made about my third sober May Long Weekend, you’ll know it was once my hungover dream to run on the Millennium Trail on the way home from Terrace after a big weekend.
Tuesday, May 22nd – hard day
- 5k up
- 4 x [1600m @ 4:20/km, 3:00 rest]
- 3k down
Holy shit this was awesome. As you can see, it took me three tries to complete the last interval, but I did it! That was the hardest I’ve worked in a while!
After work I was able to see Kristen for a session in the gym! Today we focused mostly on glutes and abduction, that’s why I had the orange band around my thighs for the first half of the workout. I’m doing everything I can to correct or minimize hip drop while running. Here’s an article I liked reading about it. Also, Coach Andrew is leading a running form clinic on the 31st and I’m hoping it will be on Facebook Live. Follow Lifelong Endurance on Facebook!
Wednesday, May 23rd – recovery day
Still feeling less excited about swimming than I was. I know it’s because mileage is getting high and I have less time/energy for the pool, but I’m glad I’m still working at it! Lesson number two next week should help!
Thursday, May 24th – easy day
Today was my day off and it was super nice out. Prince Rupert people tend to have a hard time not playing outside on sunny days!
Marcie and I got in 10k in town, including the Rushbrook Trail 🙂
Later, I wanted to run to the mailbox but took the long way and went exploring a bit down at Port Ed Harbour.
In the evening, husband was down for a run so we got in 10k on the Cannery Road! This was a big day but there was no fast running and everything felt great!!
Friday, May 25th – hard day
- 5k easy
- 10k progression from goal marathon pace down to ~4:40/km
This run was decent but not 100%. As you can see, my progression only lasted for 7k and I died on the hill. That’s okay though, still a strong run and I kept the pace much faster than “easy pace” until 15k was complete. Cooled down for 1.5k to my house for a 16.5k Friday.
Saturday, May 26th – easy day
6.5k easy on the schedule
F yes this is EXACTLY what I needed! Went for a double Butze loop with these ladies and kept it super relaxed. Finished running at 7k and walked the final chunk back to the vehicles. Lots of talk about the Skeena River Relay next weekend!
Sunday, May 27th – long run day
28k! No sets or fast finish scheduled.
Weather forecast for today: +50mm of rain. LOL. It’s been such a long time since I had to head out for this kinda distance in this kinda weather. The Des Linden jacket and a Ciele hat saved me from a bad experience, that’s for sure! On this run I was focusing on three things
- everything I’ve been reading in Beyond Grit by Cindra Kamphoff
- taking a gel every 4 miles (6.44km)
- the video below
Obviously fixing form is NOT simple, and no single tip or drill is going to correct it immediately. But I’m working on it!
a 45 minute session of recovery (rolling with the stick and a lacross ball, stretching) and that wraps up week SEVEN. LOOK! 100KM! My biggest week ever in history, and this month will also be my biggest month in history because I’ve already surpassed January’s 312km. Woooooo!!!!!
WEEKLY MILEAGE: 100K!
INJURIES/PRE-HAB? feeling good! ..though always dealing with callous fire-foot
NUTRITION BRAGS? the extreme hunger arrived this week! Filling up as much as possible on nutrient-dense whole foods but also eating everything in sight..
CURRENTLY READING: Beyond Grit – Cindra Kamphoff
clearly this book is not one you sit down and read cover to cover. But I am loving it and I already recommend it for anyone who likes self-help, personal development, mental game, that kind of stuff.
CONFIDENCE BOOSTER(S) highest weekly mileage ever and feeling strong AF
NEXT RACE: the Skeena River Relay next weekend!