TNF ECS 50K Training – Week 1

Now that the cat’s out of the bag, I have renamed this weekly workout recap “TNF ECS 50K Training.” That sounds like some kind of code, but it stands for The North Face Endurance Challenge Series 50K, which I plan to run on April 9 as my first ultra!

My first week of training was not great. It started out alright, but then it went all to crap over the weekend. But I decided to think about it like this: training is kind of like a Jenga tower. So far I have a good base, from six weeks of base training, for my tower. If I missed my first long run the first week of training it’s really like just having one piece missing from that tower. In my experience missing that first piece isn’t going to bring the whole tower down. That being said, the long run is kind of important for a long distance race…. so hopefully I run most, if not all, of them from here on out. πŸ™‚

Monday – Rest day.

Tuesday – Strength training: 10 minutes of abs and 2 x lunge, squat, push up circuit.

Wednesday – 5 mile hill run, with 7 x hill repeats in the pouring rain. I was worried I was under dressed (in shorts and a light jacket), as I headed over to the trail and it began to pour outside and I watched the temperature dip below 50. Luckily, I wasn’t completely freezing during this run.


I gotta tell ya my picture taking skills were really on par during this run, too. First, I attempted a selfie with my new buff that Barry got me for Christmas and I got this…

If you squint, you can kind of see a small piece of the buff on the far left πŸ˜‰

An attempt later on in the run yielded more favorable results.


Then there were these gems…


I don’t think it was quite that dark when I finished, but maybe…

Thursday – Strength training: 10 minutes of abs and 2 x lunge, squat, push up circuit.

Friday – 6 mile run with Kim. This run was the highlight of my workout week. It had been awhile since Kim and I ran together (Okay… only a little over two weeks. But it felt like a long time!). It was fun to catch up and I felt great the whole run.


Then as the day went on, I felt more and more tired and by the time I went to bed I had a bad headache.

Saturday – I had a 13 mile trail run scheduled for today, but I work up feeling awful. I’m not sure if I had allergies or a head cold going on (possibly from that cold, wet run on Wednesday). But I was exhausted all day and couldn’t get more than a foot from a tissue box. So I took a rest day in the hopes of being able to do my long run Sunday. I skipped dinner, went to bed at 7 PM, and slept over 12 hours.

Sunday – I woke up feeling a bit better, but still not back to normal. I still had unrealistic hopes of doing my long run, and Barry and I headed out mid-afternoon to the state park to give it a go. This run was pretty much doomed from the start, though. I had a pounding headache, still felt exhausted, and hadn’t really eaten much since lunch Saturday.

I don’t know what that smudge is on the left. I could of cropped it out, but I didn’t…

So I ended up doing just 4 miles and deciding I’d had enough. That’s the way it goes sometimes and in the long run (ha) it’s more important to listen to my body at this point. At least it was a pretty day out there.


Here’s to a successful long run this weekend!

Total Miles: 15 miles

This weekly training recap is part of the Weekly Wrap linkup, hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin’.


Be sure to check out their blogs and see who else is linking up! The link up has grown so much and there are so many awesome blogs to check out.

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Who else is embarking on a training plan for a spring race?

18 thoughts on “TNF ECS 50K Training – Week 1”

  1. Yes, take care of yourself! Hopefully you’ll be feeling back to normal before no time. But you’re better off resting than pushing yourself and possibly taking even longer to get healthy!

    I cannot take pictures while I’m running! I have to stop if I want a clear shot.

    1. Thank you and thanks for the reassurance.

      I couldn’t get clear pictures with my old camera. But with the new one my husband got me a couple of years ago I just snap away while running and 90% of the time they come out clear.

  2. So excited you’re doing a 50K! I went back and read your previous post since you missed it, and it sounds like you have a really good plan for your long runs. Kudos on your Wednesday speed work in the rain. I don’t know if it’s a mental thing with me, but I think speed work in the rain is the worst. Hope you’re feeling better!

  3. A 50k! How exciting! I am the world’s worst selfie taker. You see I don’t put many on my blog. There’s a reason. That is a cute buff. You were probably fighting something off and I hope you are feeling better now. I’m going through that today too. I hope it’s short lived. I’m going to remember your excellent Jenga analogy. Thanks for linking with us Meagan. Happy New Year!

  4. So exciting that you’ve signed up for a 50K! It looks like your training is off to a great start! I look forward to following your journey. Hope you’re feeling better. Don’t push yourself too hard and jeopardize your training in the months ahead.

    1. Thanks! It’s hard to keep that long term perspective and remember that skipping a long run now when I’m sick will benefit me in the future πŸ™‚

  5. That is awesome you are going to do a 50k!
    You already have a strong running base, I wouldn’t stress about missing a run or two along the way, life happens. You have time and you will be plenty strong πŸ™‚ It sounds like you were fighting something off. The park has some great views. I am training for a March race, but I have a dr. appt. in a few weeks and I want him to officially clear me, before I say I am doing it for sure πŸ™‚

  6. OMG a 50k you go girly!!! That is amazing and you will have a great journey! I hate you felt bad. I’m not that great with on the run pictures, I don’t know how some do it, but they always come out amazing! Your very lucky you have nice places to run, I always love seeing your pictures.

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