Thank you thank you for all of your help yesterday in the comments. I bought a few of the things you recommended (and will be getting more soon), subscribed to many podcasts/websites that you told me about and I’ll be referring back to all of your tips often. I think the key to staying motivated with running races is doing the distance/races that excite YOU at each stage of life. Ultras excite me right now and that excitement is what will get me out of bed in the mornings to train when I’m exhausted and it is dark and cold this winter.
Also—> Pringles, pb & j, fries, candy, flat coke all eaten while running… I was made for trail races;) My coach frowned upon me eating those things as my fuel during my long runs in marathon training but now they are suggested wahoo! Learning how to eat these things while running is going to be interesting though.
Somehow Skye knew that I was ‘sleeping in’ yesterday and not leaving early for a run because she woke up much earlier than usual ready to party.
We got Brooke off to school..
Played and ate before she was ready for a nap.
Nano cheers. Caffeine is necessary for me when running later on in the day. I don’t take it early in the mornings but running after kid stuff = caffeine need.
We put Skye down and headed out (my mom was with Skye while she was napping). I took Andrew on some trails that I get lost on each and every time I go (but always find a way to get down the mountain again;). It was my first time ever not getting lost on them because Andrew has a crazy sense of direction. Another excellent skill for our training together.
First snow we’ve seen! I’m sure during a few weeks of training when it is snowing like crazy we will be doing a lot more on the roads and treadmill and get into the mountains as much as we can.
900 feet of elevation gain over the 11 miles along with a few breathing breaks where I stopped my watch.
Time to get back on the recovery train with my BCAAs and R8 roller.
This is what the course elevation looks like for the 50 miler. The majority of climbing is in the first 20 miles so we are planning on a lot of walking during the uphill portions. The red dots are the aid stations along the way and our time goal for this is to finish before the cut-off time of 12.5 hours:) We will be happy with whatever time we get if we can come in under that.
My mom also reminded me that I need to get over my buffalo fear for this race because I’m sure we will see plenty of them over the 50 miles.
PS at night we’ve been watching a bunch of youtube videos about trail running and that has gotten us even more excited.
Skye woke up and joined me in stretching and prolonging a shower from happening;)
Fast forward many hours and we went to grab some Christmas lights at Costco that were on sale and the pizza sounded so good. The idea of not having to clean up the kitchen after dinner sounded even better so we went for it. PS our food bill is going to probably go up big time over the next few months with both Andrew and me in ultra training.
THEY ARE BACK. These for dessert. Oreos by themselves aren’t really a favorite of mine but if they are covered in dark chocolate then they are a favorite.
Later on Brookester wasn’t feeling good so we kept things pretty laid back and watched a movie. Hopefully it is a little bug and she is back to herself this morning!
Some good news… every box is officially unpacked as of yesterday. Skye thoroughly enjoyed climbing in and out of this one.
Random question—> With strength training, do you have one side that is stronger than the other?
-I was doing side planks and the planks with my right arm on the ground felt so much easier than on my left side.
When was the last time you were sick? What did you have?
Oreos… delicious or pass?
Weirdest/best/non-gel thing you’ve ever eaten WHILE running?
-I used to take little Halloween packs of Swedish Fish with me during my long runs and I think I need to bring that back.