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I don’t think I’ve ever taken a taper so seriously in my life;). I cut out my final back to back long run (remember how I was a week off on my training all along) and this cold thing knocked me down completely yesterday. I cannot remember the last time I stayed in bed as much as I did yesterday and thank goodness Andrew wasn’t at the hospital because I took a full sick day.
And a long hot bath (with a bath bomb, hence the purple water).
This sickness= cough, headache and feeling completely zapped of any and all energy but I’m guessing I’m on the upswing from here on out (cross every finger and toe you have for me okay).
Luckily food still tastes amazing. Chicken fajita nachos for the win. I just need someone to send me some energy please.
Also, these 7 Layer Bars that Andrew made were amazing.
I think Skye is trying to apply to be the next model for huma gel ads. I’ve started to pack…
Hoping to today and hopefully feeling normalish again!
It’s always fun to look back on a training cycle and think about how things might have been a little different than what we expected going into our training.
I had a few ideas (but really I was clueless about it all) about how things were going to go for my 50 miler training but here are some things that happened that I didn’t know would:
*I’m really surprised how well my body is handling eating while running. This has never been the case during previous marathons (and a part of why it took me so long to hit my marathon goals). Eating a lb of French toast and running a minute later doesn’t even bother my stomach in the slightest… chomping on a sandwich while ticking away the miles has become my normal and I didn’t expect that!
*I’ve lost a lot more speed than I thought I would. For some reason I just assumed I’d still have a little kick in my legs but I think with all of the miles and hills on my plan, the speed has taken a back seat. I’m sure that I’ve built up some strength that will help me when I start incorporating more speed work again in the future but for now the endurance has taken over. During my training for this race there was a workout that happened most weeks and with each month my paces for this workout got slower and slower which is usually the opposite with training!
*I didn’t expect the training to mess up my perspective as much as it did, ha. I’m sure a month or two after this race I will not continue to feel like a 22 miler on a Thursday morning is quite the cutback compared to my previous weeks:)
*How much I need people during the long runs. With marathon training it was great to have people with me if I could but I was really fine doing most of my training on my own. I think a lot of my marathon training long runs included speed work and I would just get lost in the miles focusing on paces, goals and pushing myself. With this training, it has been SO SO SO helpful to have people join me for sections of the long run. I hope during the ultra that I can find others that want to chat. It will be so nice to have a pacer in the last 17 miles. In my last marathon I was so focused on the splits and paces that I don’t think I said a word to another human (besides ‘hi and I love you’ when I saw my family) the entire time.
*How hard the back to back long runs are. Getting in 30 miles one day is hard but the REAL challenge for me was getting out of bed the next morning at 4:something to get in another double digit run.
*I knew that training in the winter meant there was going to be snow and in my head I just thought I would do those really long runs on the treadmill because of the weather. I’m kind of surprised I got out there for those double digits on some of those really crazy weather days.
*I’m really surprised I’m not hurting anywhere. I didn’t expect to get injured but I did think that maybe something would be bugging me off and on during the training etc. I thought 60ish miles a week was my max but this training has proved me wrong:)
*I didn’t really think my body would need as much sleep as it does. I underestimated how much recovery time would be needed for this training.
*To go along with the above point, I knew this was going to take a lot of time but I didn’t expect how much time. Luckily, I have been able to do a lot of my training when the kids were asleep/at school/napping but I definitely didn’t know how much time it would take!
*I’m not nervous which is very strange for me and I didn’t expect that. Leading up to big races I’ve definitely had my fair share of nerves but for some reason this feels much more laid back to me. I’ll be stopping at aid stations for potato chips, power hiking the ups, walking when I need etc… I have zero time expectations placed on myself so it’s nice to just kick back but I’m sure I’ll feel some nerves race day that will help fuel me to finish!
*I expected to run more on the trails… hopefully that reality doesn’t haunt me on race day.
*I didn’t expect to love my hydration pack as much as I do. I thought it would be annoying and heavy but I love having my hydration and all of the things right there with me in my pack. It is so easy to drink from and grab the things I need to during the run.
And I’ll leave you today with these thoughts because they give me goosebumps (and I blurred out the ultra in ultrarunning because I think this applies to ALL types of running).
Let’s repeat this one more time, “You are better than you think you are, and you will do more than you think you can.” -Ken Chlouber
I can’t wait to see what I am made of on Saturday!
Any unexpected things during your training right now or from one of your training cycles?
Ever been sick during the taper? What about during a race?
What are you looking forward to this week? (Also, did anyone run a St. Patrick’s Day race yesterday?)