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…week 15: Greenland Trail 50k Training


Clearly you can see I am trying to squeeze in the last few weeks of training recaps before the race on Saturday. So, for fear that you’ll quit reading my blog out of sheer boredom, I promise this is the last one of the last weekly recaps of the 50k training. Some thoughts before the race and the race recap itself will be coming in the next week!

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Total Miles: 28.94

Monday: 5.86 miles
This was the week I GOT SICK! I started to feel a slight dry throat Sunday night, but didn’t think much of it. But when it was still there Monday morning, I got nervous. Really nervous. A lot of my students have been sick lately, but I have been pretty much a ROCK all this semester. Then, I considered the bipolar spring Colorado is so prone to have. Back and forth cold and warm. We will get into the 70’s for a few days, and this it will snow 8+ inches and be in the 20’s. Not sure what to credit for this supposed sickness. So…I started taking C and Zinc right away, 3x a day. I hoped for the best.

Another storm was coming in (Hey, Bipolar CO!) and it was just ramping up when I went for my run. Of course, I decided to run INTO the wind and my eyelashes were frozen within a few minutes. I kept my head down for my “out” and was thankful for the “back” portion.

Tuesday: 4.92 miles
Yep. Still sick. Although at this point I couldn’t really categorize it as a cold. It was just a dry throat. Not even sore.

I had 5x600m on the schedule and I took to the roads for this: 2:30, 2:32, 2:27, 2:21, 2:19

Wednesday: 8.16 miles
The dry throat is not. going. away. I fear the worst. I run to stop fearing. I tried to keep it around an 8:30 pace for the taper.

Thursday: off
It’s here. The cold. It’s real now. Stuffy nose. Dry throat. COUGHING. “Productive” coughs.Hot tea.

Friday: off
So tired. Not sleeping. Tried for a half day because all I want to do is sleep.

Saturday: off
Three days off. Ugh. I took NyQuil and slept in as best I could. Then I laid around all morning on the couch, coughing, and sneezing, and blowing my nose. Can’t remember the last time I did that. There aren’t enough Kleenex boxes in the world to suffice.

Sunday: 10 miles
After another NyQuil night, I can’t stay shut up in the house anymore. 3 days off is enough. I suffer through some sluggish miles. I’m tired. I’m trying not to cough because I know it will be downhill from there. I wait until mile 8 for that. And the last 2 miles are rough. At one point, I jump off the pavement to go around some people who are trail hogging, and when I hop back on, I tweek my left ankle. This is significant later… After the run, my chest is on fire. I’m coughing and hacking and not a pretty sight.

This is a bummer. I know we tend to be more susceptible to sickness during the taper, because our immune system is down, but I can’t recall that it’s happened to me. Until now. I’m nervous that I only have a week to go before the race and Saturday/Sunday were pretty bad. Am I on the upswing?


3 thoughts on “…week 15: Greenland Trail 50k Training

  1. Oh no! Hope you are feeling better now :-(. I can totally relate to the “there aren’t enough Kleenex boxes in the world” feeling right about now. Boo for being sick.

  2. Had to laugh at “productive” cough.. what a great/non gross way to put it! I’m hoping you are feeling better! I would keep up with the zinc/vitamin c. Hot soup and super hot showers!

    ps: in case you forgot…

    IT’S RACE WEEK!!! ❤

  3. Can’t wait for the race report!

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