Road to 50

Week 6 (Dec. 18 – 24)

This week was so much better in terms of mileage, but I still had to get over a nasty cold. This week was supposed to be a cut back week, with shorter long runs on the weekend. However, since I skipped my long runs last week, I chose to do them this weekend instead. Here’s week 6!

Monday:

Rest Day! Good thing – I spent the day with a runny nose and a nasty cough.

Tuesday: 

Training Plan: 4 miles, My Run: 0

I woke up without a voice and it was cold and raining outside. I opted to take one more day to try and kick this cold instead of running sick in the rain.

Wednesday: 

Training Plan: 4 miles, My Run: 5.5

Today was sunny and I felt better, so I decided to try to get an 8 mile run in, to try and make up for the past week of sub-par running. However, I got dizzy and nauseous a few times on this run, so I ended up taking a shorter route back.

Time: 53:45, Avg. Pace: 9:44/mi, Elevation Gain: 337 ft., Splits: Mi 1: 9:01, Mi 2: 9:18, Mi 3: 9:23, Mi 4: 9:52, Mi 5: 10:09, Mi 0.5: 11:33

Thursday:

Training Plan: 4 miles, My Run: 0

Once again, my right calf was tight and my cold was worse. I’m getting tired of this!

Friday:

Training Plan: Rest, My Run: 3.1

I felt so much better when I woke up this morning! I decided to do a short run to gauge whether or not I should attempt a long run for Saturday. This run finally loosened up my calf and my lungs felt stronger than they had all week.

Time: 30:37, Avg. Pace: 9:51/mi, Elevation Gain: 198 ft., Splits: Mi 1: 9:04, Mi 2: 9:31, Mi 3: 10:58, Mi 0.1: 9:50

Saturday:

Training Plan: 10 miles, My Run: 20.1

This went so much better than my 18 miler 2 weeks ago! I started off with a great breakfast: scrambled eggs with sausage and left over braised red potatoes. I also drank plenty of water throughout the run and started taking sips of Nuun around mile 4. I also had Honey Stinger gummies throughout the run and a Nutrigrain bar at the 10 mile point, but I should’ve eaten more. My stomach started growling with 4 miles left and it affected my performance. Again, stuff like this is reason why I have to train! I have several more long runs to figure out the correct amount of food I’ll need to sustain me for the hours I’ll be running. I also got to run the last 10 miles with Chris and the Blueberry, which helped me take my mind off of the discomfort. Overall, these miles seemed to go by pretty fast!

Time: 3:38:12, Avg. Pace: 10:51/mi, Elevation Gain: 973 ft., Splits: Mi 1: 9:10, Mi 2: 8:56, Mi 3: 9:37, Mi 4: 10:01, Mi 5: 10:22, Mi 6: 10:21, Mi 7: 10:10, Mi 8: 10:05, Mi 9: 10:49, Mi 10: 10:29, Mi 11: 9:59, Mi 12: 10:55, Mi 13: 10:40, Mi 14: 11:24, Mi 15: 11:06, Mi 16: 12:22, Mi 17: 11:59, Mi 18: 13:04, Mi 19: 12:30, Mi 20: 12:39, Mi 0.1: 9:57

 

Sunday:

Training Plan: 5 miles, My Run: 10.5 on the trail

There is a 50k race at Lod Hill Regional Park in February that I have been thinking about doing as a training run for this 50 miler. The 50k follows a 10 mile loop around the park (completing it 3 times), plus an additional 1.1 mile loop. Today I ran the 10 mile loop, with an extra ½ mile loop that I found to get in a little extra. I used a GPX viewer on my phone to make sure I was following the correct trails and I love the course! There will be other distances available on race day, but I think the 50k distance would be perfect for my training. Today I took it slower than I probably needed to. My legs were sore from yesterday, but other than that, I felt great. It was cold – we ended up getting snow right after I finished running, which means we had a white Christmas. It also means there was a lot of ice on the trails, so I ran slow enough to make sure I could stay upright.

Time: 2:45:32, Avg. Pace: 15:44/mi, Elevation Gain: 1,665 ft., Splits: Mi 1: 14:17, Mi 2: 15:07, Mi 3: 13:08, Mi 4: 12:08, Mi 5: 18:41, Mi 6: 16:09, Mi 7: 15:02, Mi 8: 21:19, Mi 9: 15:57, Mi 10: 15:07, Mi 0.5: 16:34

 

Total Mileage this Week: 39.2

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