Road to 50

Week 11 (Jan. 22 – 28)

This week I ultimately decided to switch a high mileage week for a cutback week. There were two reasons for this: 1. Chris’ close friend came to visit us and we wanted to be able to spend time with him. A long run on Saturday and Sunday was going to make that difficult. 2. I have a 50k race coming up in a few weeks and I want to be able to cutback my mileage in the week leading up to the race. Here is Week 11:


As always, Monday is a rest day!



Training Plan: 4 miles, My Run: 2.03 miles + strength training

Chris and I did a quick 2 miler (I pushed the Blueberry for an extra workout) before starting our day. In the evening I also did my squats, calf raises and planks.

Time: 19:15, Avg. Pace: 9:31/mi , Elevation Gain: 118 ft., Splits: Mi 1: 9:24, Mi 2: 9:39



Training Plan: 6 miles, My Run: 0

I swapped days again. I had so many things on my to-do list to prepare for our guest that running just didn’t happen today.



Training Plan: 4 miles, My Run: 7.02

I managed to run without rain today! I had wanted to do 10, but it was getting dark and I didn’t want to be on the lonely stretch of the Interurban Trail by myself after dark. I usually feel pretty safe running in this area, but I would also rather safely come home to my family than take an unnecessary risk.

Time: 1:07:45, Avg. Pace: 9:39/mi, Elevation Gain: 363 ft., Splits: Mi 1: 8:47, Mi 2: 9:04, Mi 3: 9:29, Mi 4: 9:48, Mi 5: 10:02, Mi 6: 10:02, Mi 7: 10:19



Training Plan: Rest, My Run: 3.3 miles snowshoeing with 1,129 ft. Elevation gain

Today we took the Blueberry and our friend snowshoeing at Steven’s Pass. It was COLD and snowing the entire time, but it was so beautiful! We snowshoed to a lake, expecting to see a really pretty view, but all we saw was a huge clearing in the trees. The lake was frozen and completely covered with deep snow. We did have a pretty cool encounter with a couple of hungry alpine birds when we took out our homemade granola bars, though, so it was worth the trek! There is a discrepancy between my watch and what is on Strava, so I’m reporting what my watch said. Even though I was running today, I am adding this to my weekly total because snowshoeing up and down the steeps hills was tough! I still got a great workout!


Some pictures from our adventures in the snow.

Mid to end January 2018 559
1. My husband is strong — snowshoeing with a toddler. 2. The scenery was beautiful!

Saturday and Sunday

Training Plan: 10 and 6 miles, My Runs: 0

I hate to say it, but I slacked off. I opted to have fun this weekend instead of running in the cold and rain. Honestly, the time commitment of this training plan has been the hardest part. I can take the pain and soreness. I know it makes me tougher and gets me ready for race day. However, the time I miss out on with my husband and child on the weekends is hard. Don’t get me wrong – as a stay at home mom, I do enjoy the alone time I get running on the weekends and I am so thankful my husband gives that time to me so I can train. At the same time, I would be OK with just 2-3 hours of running alone on the weekend and getting to spend the rest of the time as a family. This training won’t last forever, though! I need to remember that I have less than two months left. And if I stick to my training from here on out, I will finish this race and be really proud of the accomplishment. Anything worth doing in this world takes a certain amount of pain, sacrifice and dedication. This 50 miler is worth it to me because I want to prove to myself that I am tough enough and disciplined enough to do it.


Fun at the Funko Pop HQ in Everett, WA

Check out my Instagram page for videos from this weekend. There is a link below, or search for me: @valerie.f.calderon

Total Mileage This Week: 12.35

Not great, but next week is Go Time! Time to get back on track and finish out the rest of my training!

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