My first time running Hope to Hobble! This is a run that my group does every year but each year in the past I haven’t been able to make it because of travel or pregnancy etc.
We started at Hope Campground at 6:10 am. The air was perfectly chilly when we started, and I was very thankful.
This run is very easy to navigate if you are ever in the area. You are on a wide dirt trail the entire way. It would be hard to get lost, which is what I need because I get lost on trails very easily.
All of the climbing happened in the first 11 miles, around 2,600 ft. My legs were burning, but we kept it at an easy pace and took a gel (and some candy) every five miles.
You then go down on the dirt road for 9 miles! I felt great for most of the down but the fatigue caught up with me around mile 18. We were on our feet for a long time, and my eyes were so tired from constantly scanning for rocks and where to step. Trails are so much more challenging mentally for me vs. roads but the views make them worth it.
We got to the canyon pavement road at mile 20 and then did another 3 miles to get to the golf course in Hobblecreek Canyon for a total of 23 miles.
I wanted to quit so many times during the last few miles, but my friends pulled me along.
I counted a lot of steps to distract my brain from quitting.
75 miles for the week and two more big weeks of training left. It’s all going to pay off on 10/1 and I can’t wait.
Jo’s husband brought these beautiful donuts for us at the end; nothing has ever tasted so good in my life.
Here is what the map looked like of the run…
Three more pictures from our weekend–> We went to Chalk the Block with my parents and then met up with some friends there too! Artists come and take over a parking lot… they are incredible.
And Beck was beyond happy with his Texas Roadhouse rolls.
I think (and hope) that the Utah Valley Marathon in 2013 will forever be the most painful marathon I will experience.
There is such a difference between when a race and the training works for your current life situation and when it is forced, this below marathon was FORCED.
I paid for forcing it.
Between injuries during the training block, Giardia, and being in an emotionally exhausting place in my life (newly single mom!), a marathon wasn’t what I should have been doing.
(PS remember when my sister ran 6 miles in those flip-flops to get me to the finish line?!)
Even last year, my friends were all doing marathons, and for whatever reason, the timing just felt wrong for me to join them. I didn’t have the drive to marathon train super hard last year, and I couldn’t imagine fitting it in with everything else. I felt like I needed to get my body stronger before I went after another marathon. It wasn’t until earlier this year, when Amazon reached out to me about running the Boston Marathon with them, that I felt it was time again. <– I felt excited about it, my body was strong enough to take on the mileage, and I knew I could get the sleep needed to keep up with the training.
I thought I would share my checklist for knowing whether or not I’m ready to start training for a race, and I’d love to hear your opinion too:
-The race excites you when you think about it. Your heart beats faster, and you smile and want to tell all of your people about your new goal/race/adventure.
-You are in a place in your life where the extras can fit in on top of the mileage—> strength, stretching, proper hydration/nutrition, sleeping, etc.
-You are healthy! If you are injured, maybe wait on signing up for a race until you are running healthy again (or sign up for one that doesn’t happen for a while). The added stress of pushing through pain or feeling like you are running out of time in your training while you are still hurting is not a fun feeling to have.
I think that if you can check all those things off, you should be good to go. And if you are in a place where you can’t check off those items, don’t stress—> there will ALWAYS be more races. Running is always there for you when you are ready for it, it isn’t going anywhere.
Think of my face in the above picture when you need to remind yourself why you probably shouldn’t force a race if your body/mind isn’t in a place to do so.
When it does work, it sure brings us all a lot of joy and so much fun when your mind and body are ready!
What about you? How do you know you are ready to sign up for a race/adventure/goal?
What app do you get on most from your phone?
Ever forced a race when you probably shouldn’t have done it?
What was the a great part from your weekend?