14 miles yesterday and 10-12 today.
We put the Skyester down for a nap at my mom’s house and then hit the trails.
There wasn’t a lot of snow that we had to run through but there was a ton of mud. At some points it felt like we had ankle weights on because of how much mud was attached to our shoes. My mom had trash bags waiting on the front porch for our shoes when we got back to her house because she knew that we would come back looking like this ha. The Cascadia 13 GTX were great but the Caldera are my #1 favorite trail shoe as of right now.
We took real food with us this time for our long run. As much as I want to just eat candy for the 50 miler, I’m learning from a lot of you that we need to train with real food for energy too. My stomach doesn’t handle peanut butter well if I am trying to run fast but it turns out that it does pretty great for me on the trails.
On our long runs we talk for part of it and then we listen to things. I listened to this podcast with Camille Herron and she is officially my new hero. Wow. This woman is amazing and she made me even more excited for the ultra world. She just set the world record for running 655.8 laps around a TRACK in 24 hours. That is 162.9 miles. She also set a record for the women’s fastest 100-mile track time (8:03 average) during the same race. She fueled during the race with some Taco Bell… if anyone wants to bring Andrew Taco Bell during our race it will make his life:).
Such a good episode and it made the miles fly by listening to her love for the sport.
Camille also talked about how she runs with her hair down (she has longer hair too)… I don’t think I could do that. I did one time because my rubber band broke while I was running and it drove me absolutely crazy the entire time.
14.07 miles @ 9:04 average with about 1300ft of elevation gain. This was my best feeling long run of the training cycle and I felt like I could have kept going for a long time. It was so nice outside, Andrew was in shorts and a t-shirt and I put my gloves in my pack!
Rewind to Saturday night—> Andrew asked about our running schedule for the next couple of weeks. After I told him he said, “I don’t know what the heck I was thinking saying yes to this. I don’t think I knew what I was doing when I was signing up. Just think… at mile 20 I’m going to be saying we just have 30 more miles… I can’t comprehend this.” I think this happens to all of us at some point along the way in our training for a big goal. We question it and wonder what in the world we were thinking when we hit the register button on the race website. If you feel this way during training for a big goal, just remember that we all do at some point along the way (and I’m pretty sure Andrew will be asking himself these same questions whenever I tell him his plan for the week;).
PS after Andrew told me the above statements he then googled, ‘How to run a 50 mile race minimally trained.’
We picked up some food on the way home and Skye shared with me. My active recovery from the long run was chasing after her all day. In the podcast I mentioned above, Camille talked about how important it is to move around after our long runs etc. to aid in recovery.
This girl loves Beretta.
I think Beretta is her current favorite ‘toy’. I’m so thankful they are both very gentle with each other.
We had shish kabobs in large pieces rather than cut up small. Do you ever get to dinner time and wonder where in the world the day went? Some days go by so so fast. PS I love the grill for so many reasons especially because it means less dishes.
And then we did the normal nighttime things.
Including ice cream once the girls went to bed. These two love to sleep… they inherited that from me.
If you need something delicious to make, try this soup that my sister had for us on Sunday night. It is beyond good. She used this copycat recipe of Carrabba’s Spicy Sicilian Chicken Soup and topped the rolls with this copycat of Carrabba’s Olive Oil Bread Dip. It was the perfect winter meal.
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Do you make up your long run route before you head out or do you ever decide which way to go while you are out? How often do you try a new route?
-I pretty much always know what route I am going to take before I leave but sometimes I throw in some random turns that I wasn’t planning on.
When you run is your hair in a ponytail, braid, bun, down, other?
-Ponytail when running, bun when trying to run fast, braid if it is raining.
We are having Christmas dinner with family at our house this year… I need some ideas on what to make!!!
What did you listen to on your last run? A friend, podcast, book, music, your brain?