Total Miles: 64.95
Monday: 6.85 miles
I knew this would be another build up week, ending with my longest training run ever. I eased into it all with an nice jaunt on a familiar path with a familiar face.
Tuesday: 10.5 miles
Totally nervous for 9x600m hill repeats. And to top it all off, there was crazy 20+mph winds. Naturally, I had to run INTO the wind as I was running uphill. I nearly changed my schedule and made this my mid-week long run, but I decided I wouldn’t become any tougher if I didn’t gut it out in the wind for the repeats. Not bad, considering: 2:43, 2:42, 2:40, 2:41, 2:39, 2:34, 2:41, 2:40, 2:39.
Thursday: 11.1 miles
Good thing I didn’t save my hill repeats for today in order to avoid wind. There was some of that today. I ran the first half solo and then Erika joined me for my last half.
Friday: 4.75 miles
Easy run with Chase around the neighborhood.
Saturday: 7.75 miles
Crazy winds made me want a dreadmill. Which is crazy in and of itself! Got come advise from a Montana Oiselle team runner: find a way to run parallel to the wind. I did my best finding a county road by my house to do so. Was able to nail a 7:45 minute pace. Not bad.
Sunday: 24 miles
Was contemplating what to do with this one. Really wanted to hit the trails but they were covered in 8-14 inches of snow. I figured it would be best to avoid all of that mess and ran pavement instead. I wasn’t overly happy about this, but I knew any 24 miler was better than NO 24 miler. I parked at a trail where I could do two out and backs from my car. I ran 6 out and 6 back for each direction.
3 Shot Blocks at mile 6, potato wedges with salt at mile 12, 3 Shot Blocks at mile 18, lots of food afterward. 9 degrees at the start caused my Hydrapak tube to freeze, so I didn’t get much water in the 24 miles, except when I stopped at my car at mile 12 for the potatoes. No nausea, perhaps from not being able to “over drink”? Tight hip flexors, but otherwise felt great. Tried to keep a 9:20-9:30 pace in the first half, picked up speed after 12, and was around an 8:35-8:40 pace in the last 6 miles.
Despite the snow and wind, I am can’t believe I only have a handful of training weeks left. I am starting to get nervous that I’m not doing enough to prepare for this distance. I suppose that since it’s the first time I’ve run 50k, I won’t truly know until I try it. I can always adjust the training for my next 50k…