This was one of those weeks that wore me down. I had to remind myself that I’m over halfway through this plan, I’m supposed to be a bit worn down. But I also look at a 50K I have this weekend don’t feel in any way prepared.
I do think I’m at least tolerating the heat a little better. I’m not used to it or acclimated, but at least I’ve made some progress.
I feel like every training cycle I have a week like this, so maybe it was good to get it out of the way, but man, it just wore me down (and it was a down week in terms of mileage!). Humidity was through the roof all week, temperatures are climbing and I feel like I’m just not acclimated to the heat yet.
On top of that, had some pretty bad knee pain for a few days. Nothing that some extra stretching, icing and adjusting some sleeping positions didn’t fix, but certainly something I want to keep an eye on. I feel like I usually have some sort of minor injury during a training cycle, but usually it’s my IT Band, not my kneecap.
Part of what added to the injury is running on cement for sure. I’m still not quite ready to go back to the gym (I’d rather wait until a month or so after mask mandates are lifted, just to keep an eye on numbers), plus running outside is the only way to heat acclimate, so it’s better training for me (except on thunderstorm days) to run outside.
I’m really not sure what my goal should be for Miakonda. It’s my first in-person race after being vaccinated, but I choose it since teammates will be there and it has a small attendance cap, a nice way to ease back into races. I know that so much of how the day goes will be weather dependent. A bright, sunny day will end my running pretty quickly, especially with added heat and humidity, so I’ll have to do some goal setting the week/day of. On top of that, I don’t know if I should use this race to train for O24 (24 hours), Eagle Up (81 miles) or maybe see if I can instead PR my 100K.
Lots to think about and lots to plan, and at the same time, so much beyond my control. Either way though, halfway done!
Lots of heat, lots of rain and lots of schedule swaps this week, but I made it all work! Hard to believe I’m almost halfway done with this training cycle. I’m certainly dreading the heat this summer, but know I need to train in it for the race itself, and while I still feel a lot slower than where I was a year ago, I’m honestly not that far behind where I was, so hopefully I can work on the mental side of things a bit as we approach race day.
Alright, first up in just a hate-filled move to distract from ongoing scandals ,the Pope randomly said that priests can’t bless same-sex marriages. Because he’s a monster. The Catholic Church is a hate group, full stop.
And on that note: Republicans hate America. We can’t be afraid to say it, it’s true.
Moving on to happy news, watch the new trailer or In The Heights, it’s so amazing (and early reviews are glowing):
In other amazing news, a man invented a machine to automatically compliment passing dogs!
Tennessee is literally trying to erase gay people from history, passing a bill banning any textbook with LGBT content.
England officially unveils the new 50 Pound Alan Turing note:
Check out this cool 3D tour of the great pyramids!
The Pens battled the Sabres in the NHL’s first-ever joint Pride game, which was really cool to watch!
An amazing rendition of “Take On Me” which of course, reminds me of The Magicians:
In a positive move, and a rebuke to the Pope (see above), a group of German priests are blessing same-sex marriages.
And in other happy news, the House approved funding for the National Pulse Memorial ahead of the five-year anniversary of the attack.
That’s it for now, have a great one!
This week started out hot, had some great weather on the weekend for running and is the first half of two just bonkers week schedule wise. Everything is reopening and starting back up and I’m being pulled in way too many directions.
This week was brutally hot. No cloud cover or rain, temperatures above 85, tons of dust from the trail and pollen exploding into the air. It’s all good training (well, except for the dust in my eyes and throat, that’s just annoying), but when there’s no canopy cover it is just oppressive.
Some more shuffling around of days this week, and it was a down week, which was a nice bit of . Went to Cleveland to make pierogies with friends, which was a ton of fun, and even though we were all vaccinated, we moved it outside which gave us a lot more room and was a really good setup!
The triumphant return of PRANK! As the event was called, “PRANK got all our shots and we’re shaking off the winter SADs,” and it was so wonderful to run with people again! And just like any good PRANK it included snacks, questionable routes, teenagers running with us for about a block and even a wave from another runner across the street in the middle of the night! Otherwise, had to do a lot of shuffling days around this week due to schedules, but I got it all in, and had a really good speed workout!
The weather was a bit goofy, and Sunday was brutal under the sun (but I wore sunscreen), but I remind myself it’s good training. Otherwise, good week, although my schedule is a bit goofy this upcoming week, so I know things will be shuffled around quite a bit. It’s also hard to believe this is one quarter of my plan done and under my belt already!
I’m finally registered for my fall race, Miakonda! It’s a very limited field, and (fingers-crossed) vaccinations should be really good by then, so I felt comfortable signing up for it. It’s the first year for it, but it’s run by a great organizing group and members of PRorER will be there, so I’m really looking forward to it.
I’m still not quite sure what my goal is going to be. The course video looks like standard camp roads and trails, which I run in road shoes, but the website says to bring trail shoes (I’ll bring both), so I may play it a little by ear to see what I end up doing that day. This is the plan I made to get myself to 81 miles, but I feel like I’ve lost some significant fitness from the colitis; or I can use this as a test for a full 24 hours, as training for next year’s O24. So many choices!
It’s also Labor Day Weekend, so fingers crossed it isn’t too toasty, but after last year training in the heat, and doing it again for this race, we’ll see how I do. It is ‘third time’s the charm’ for this training plan, but of course, depending on how things go, I’ll probably use it again for what I have planned in 2022.
Either way, I’m excited to be registered and committed, and I’m so excited to see some of my running family again soon!
Anyway, this week of training included my second vaccine shot. Like the first, I had a bit of a fever overnight and felt a little crummy, but bounced back fairly well. I think I’m still feeling a bit under the weather, but nothing too terrible.