I’m almost halfway though my training for my first ultramarathon – The North Face Endurance Challenge 50K! I don’t think I’ve had a week, yet, where I followed my training plan as written. This week was no different. But I still got all of my workouts in. I’ve done a lot of traveling so far this year, but hopefully I’ll have a normal week where I just do my training as planned. Maybe that will be this coming week? 🙂
Monday – Rest.
Tuesday – Cross training: 30 Day Shred level 2 workout. With this DVD there are three levels, which go from ‘easy’ to ‘hard’. However, I think each one is a good workout and they all work slightly different muscle groups. That’s why I like to rotate through the levels each week.
Wednesday – 5 mile hill workout after work with Sven (the treadmill). I was feeling a bit sluggish during this run, so it was a tough one. I got in seven quarter mile hill repeats for 533 feet in elevation gain.
Thursday – 4 mile easy run with Sven in the evening, then 10 minutes of abs/core work.
Friday – 6 mile easy run. This run started out at a nearby park, and it was my intention to run the entire run at the park. Despite the wind, it was a pretty day to be outside.
However, there were too many loose dogs at the park. So I ended up heading home after just three miles and finished the final three on the treadmill.
Saturday – 13 mile long run while at my dad’s for the weekend (I was in town for my cousin’s baby shower). My friend Jackie – remember her? The one who ran 16 miles last weekend with her longest run before that being 6 miles – joined me again. She also lives in the area. I had 12 miles planned, but she texted me the day before and asked if I wanted to do 13 instead. Direct quote from her: “I mean what’s one more mile lol.” I think I have created a monster 🙂
So we met up just before sunrise at a nearby park for our run. Watching the sun come up over the lake was gorgeous and the time flew by during our run. There were lots of other people out, too!
The trail was icy in several spots. There were a few times where we would be tip toeing across the ice and the ice would break, causing my foot to plunge ankle-deep in ice cold muddy water. That will wake you up!
We did two full laps around the lake and a few extra out and backs to round out the distance. After our run, Jackie snapped a quick post-run selfie. I take lots of pictures when I run, but I seldom think to take one of myself. Plus I always manage to look super awkward in post-run photos 🙂
Sunday – 4 miles easy in the neighborhood before I hit the road to head home. My lower back felt a bit sore from Saturday’s long run, but other than that and some general fatigue I felt fine. It continues to surprise me how good I feel the day after my long run.
Total Miles: 32 miles
By the time Sunday night rolled around, I was definitely feeling tired, a little sore, and ready for a rest day. Good thing that’s exactly what’s on tap for today! I’ll be ready to get back at it tomorrow.
Did you watch the Super Bowl? What did you think of the game and the halftime show?
How was your week last week? Are you looking forward to anything this week? I’m running a 10 mile race on Saturday and it’s going to be fun!