I’m linking up today with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin’ (whom I failed to mention last week both finished their first full marathons at the Disney World Marathon!!) for their Weekly Wrap link up. This is a recap of week number 3 of 15 for The North Face Endurance Challenge Series 50K.
I switched my schedule around a lot this week to accommodate traveling for work. I moved my hill run to Monday, made Tuesday a rest day, switched an easy run (and skipped strength training!) to Wednesday, rest Thursday, did a little strength training Friday, and then swapped my two long runs on Saturday and Sunday. I didn’t actually do any of my workouts on the planned day. But I wrote the plan so I’m entitled to mix it up (so millennial, so entitled 😉 ).
Monday – 5 mile hill workout with Sven in the morning before driving up to Richmond for work. I covered 350 feet in elevation gain over 4 hill repeats. I normally do more hill repeats, but this was my third day in a row running (with the first of the three days being my 15 miler) and my legs were tired.
Tuesday – Rest. I had considered doing some strength training in my hotel room… and then chose to hang out with coworkers instead.
Wednesday – 3 mile easy run in the evening with Sven the treadmill after driving home from Richmond. I was supposed to do strength training, too, but I was tired and I skipped it.
Thursday – Rest.
Friday – Strength training. 10 minutes of abs and my usual squat/lunge/push up circuit. I was also supposed to run 3 easy miles buuuut I skipped that. Are you seeing a theme??
Saturday – 6 mile run in the morning with Kim at our usual spot. For some reason my ankles and Achilles randomly felt very tight and sore.
Sunday – 10 mile long run in the afternoon at the nearby state park. Barry came too, but ran separate from me. We had snow flurries in the morning and parts of the trail were covered in snow, but for the most part I was running on soft and/or frozen mud.
This run was a tough one for me. Mentally, I just did not feel like being out there at all. I had no desire to be running. But that’s no reason not to get the run done. I was very tempted to cut the run short, but I had already skipped one run this week so I wasn’t going to do that. But boy was it tough to make myself keep going.
I got it done, though. And it really was a pretty day to be out in the woods.
Total Miles: 24 miles
This week was my first weekend with the back to back long runs. It’s not a new concept for me, having followed the Hansons Marathon Method training for Marine Corps in 2014. However, it’s been awhile since I did one of these. My legs felt alright, but it’s going to take me some time to mentally adjust. Unlike Hansons, I had planned to do my longer run on Saturday and my shorter run Sunday, but I swapped them to run with Kim (I had also considered getting my 10 miler done Friday before Saturday’s 6 miler, but that didn’t happen!). The main point of back to backs is to teach yourself how to run on legs that are already tired. I think I’m still accomplishing that no matter which order they’re in. Although, once they get longer I think I’ll aim to do the longer one on Saturday and the shorter one on Sunday.
How do you motivate yourself when mentally you’re just not feeling your workout?
Who else saw some (or a lot of) snow flurries this week?
P.S. I recently did a bunch of updates on my blog (always scary!). I think everything is fine, but please let me know if you run into any issues.