Today's Mighty Oak


Getting into a groove of running even more alone than normal, but I’m also dealing with a weird state of my races being cancelled/postponed, so I’m not sure how to train. As of right now, my A race is still on (and it’s honestly on the bubble, depending on how these next two weeks go), so I don’t want to stop, but if it gets postponed, I’ll just have to modify my plan.

My other ultra, which was supposed to be a tune-up race, is being rescheduled for October, so it looks like I’ll have an A race for the fall, although I’m not looking forward to training through the summer. However, if my current A race gets cancelled outright, I’ll at least have something else to make my new A race.

It’s all up in the air and unknown right now, so in the meantime, wash your hands, stay out of groups, and let’s all band together (by staying apart) to get through this together.

  • Monday: Rest.
  • Tuesday: 5 miles.
  • Wednesday: 10 miles.
  • Thursday: Rest. Just wasn’t feeling it mentally, so I swapped two days.
  • Friday: 9 miles.
  • Saturday: 11 miles.
  • Sunday: 18 miles. Did 11 miles at the park, which people were generally really good about social distancing, but the pollen, the sun, humidity and some stomach issues made me stop early, so I did the last 7 at home that evening.
  • Long run fuel: Tailwind, Bobo’s Bars.
  • BWF/Core work: Did the BodyWeightFitness Recommended Routine once this week, will add another in next week to keep an average of 2/week. I also did an at-home yoga class, as well as the new Zombies, Stay Home at home workout. The ZR workout was cute and fun, and I’m glad they’re doing it, it’s great content for the current apocalypse.
  • Stretching: More stretching, although I did miss it two days. More gentle yoga, which is also helping a bit!


As is our new reality, this was my first race cancelled, which was a tune up for Eagle Up. So, I geared up, crewed myself and did it virtually on the jail trail and Frontrunner loops on Sunday.

The jail trail loop is 5.5 miles, and the Frontrunner loop is 4, so I planned on doing five jail trail loops and one Frontrunner loop, giving myself the option to stop at my car between each one. The day started out chilly, in the 20’s, so I was in a few extra layers I knew I would stop to take off.

Lap 1: Parked and got my things situated, using my vest filled with two bottles of Tailwind and I took off towards the South Side. Not many people out, but given the time, temperature and the social distancing, I wasn’t surprised. Got back to my car and decided to not stop, instead grabbing half of the Bobo’s Bar in my vest and kept going.

Lap 2: The sun started to peek out at times, and I thought about doing a clothing change for when I got back. Generally though, another pleasant loop, although my hips were tighter than I wanted, so I knew I’d be going slower than I wanted. Once I got back to my car, used the Porto, toiok off one torso layer, grabbed a handful of Pringles and ate the rest of my Bobo’s Bar.

Lap 3: Started to see a few more people, which was nice, and the sun was really coming out, so I spent most of this loop thinking about changing my clothes. Once I got back to my car I took off the pants (had shorts on underneath) and changed into thinner socks, which was a big help. Had a couple Pringles and a peanut butter packet.

Lap 4: Saw the president of the Frontrunners twice on this loop, which was a nice boost! Churning out the miles, still chugging along. At the end of the loop grabbed a ginger ale to stave off some stomach issues and fueled with half a Bobo’s bar. My headphones died on this loops, so I grabbed and paired my second pair when I was back at the car after a trip to the Porto.

Lap 5: saw a different member of the Frontrunners and stopped to do two quick good deeds: putting back a construction barrel from the middle of the road, and replacing a panel on one of the bike-share bikes. I started walking the bridges on this lap to give my legs a break. Grabbed some coke, Pringles and another peanut butter packet and headed out.

Lap 6: This was my short loop, which also meant leaving my car in the opposite direction. It was a nice change, even though it was only 1.5 miles shorter, but the change in direction and the new bridge was nice. Got back to my car, stopped my Strava and enjoyed being done, especially since there was a big increase in the number of people out on the trails.

Final time: 6:40:18. I had been hoping for sub 6, but having to crew myself, and the mental toll of *frantically waves at the world* I can say I’m not unhappy with my time.

Physical: Felt sore and tired, as expected. My hips were tighter from the start than I would have liked, and I think that made me slower. But maybe that’s a good thing, to take it slower than I could, this wasn’t my A race. Did develop one blister, which, all things considered, not bad to be my only injury after a race like this.

Crewing: I did better than I thought crewing for myself, I was generally really organized and did well thinking about what I’d need each time coming into my car. I spent a decent chunk of time looking for some band aids that I ultimately didn’t need, and hadn’t thought to pack ahead of time anyway. The back of my car is a little tight, but the totes helped a lot keeping things organized.

Next up: O24 is being rescheduled, but I don’t know the date yet. Eagle Up is looking less and less likely. Depending on how things play out in terms of scheduling, one of them will be my A race, but I’m sure they’ll both be later in the summer, meaning hotter and grosser and I’m going to hate it. I’m still following my training plan, and I made sure to take some good time off after this virtual.



(Virtual) Race Week! Everything is in chaos, my work shut down on Friday and I spent that night on a Zoom call and Twitch with friends playing games, so I changed my 50K run to Sunday instead. I’ll have a race report coming up for that!

Wash your hands, stay out of groups, and let’s all band together (by staying apart) to get through this together.

  • Monday: Rest.
  • Tuesday: 8 miles. Finished up Distopia Rising while doing tiny loops in the neighborhood.
  • Wednesday: 4 miles. Tiny loops in the rain. Ran the first chapter of Rule Britannia.
  • Thursday: 6 miles. More tiny loops, Rule Britannia chapter 2.
  • Friday: Rest.
  • Saturday: Rest.
  • Sunday: 31 miles. Race report coming soon!
  • Long run fuel: Tailwind, Bobo’s Bars, Peanut butter packet, Pringles
  • BWF/Core work: Did the BodyWeightFitness Recommended Routine once times this week, will add another in next week to keep an average of 2/week.
  • Stretching: More stretching, although I did miss it one day. More gentle yoga, which is also helping a bit!
  • Race report owed: Get Lucky


A small taper for what was supposed to take me into race week. Get Lucky 50/50 has been made into a virtual race, so I’ll be doing jail trail loops this weekend to get that in. As of right now, sadly, I’m expecting O24 to be cancelled, but I’m still hopeful for Eagle Up.

Wash your hands, stay out of groups, and let’s all band together to get through this together.

  • Monday: Rest.
  • Tuesday: 8 miles
  • Wednesday: 5 miles. Tiny loops in my neighborhood, did the second ch apter of Distopia Rising.
  • Thursday: 7 miles: Tempo: 9:05 pace: 18 min/4R/12 min
  • Friday: PRANK: 18 miles. In honor of Friday the 13th, we ran RPANK goes to hell. Which spilled over into Pi day and we had mimosas to celebrate!
  • Saturday: Rest.
  • Sunday: 6 miles. Jail trail with a bit added on.
  • Long run fuel: Tailwind, Doritos, Clif Bar
  • BWF/Core work: Did the BodyWeightFitness Recommended Routine three times this week, to catch up from last week.
  • Stretching: More stretching, although I did miss it one day. I also did some yoga while live streaming church on Sunday, which was actually really great, looking forward to doing that again this week!


Another 50+ mile week, as well as my introduction to trail running, not a bad week!

  • Monday: Rest.
  • Tuesday: 8 miles: Tempo: 9:05 pace: 18 min/4R/12 min
  • Wednesday: 10 miles. Picked up my first pair of trail shoes (after returning some Asics that were just bad for me) and did a couple loops of the Frontrunner trail in Schenley. More rocks and loose gravel than anything, and easily doable in a road shoe, but broke them in (and saw a lot of other nightrime runners, which was fun).
  • Thursday: 5 miles.
  • Friday: Rest. Baked scones and took them to packet pickup for the first ever Pittsburgh 30K trail race the next morning.
  • Saturday: Pittsburgh 30K (20 miles). Ran with the ‘party in the back’ for my first trail race! It covered a lot of green spaces, and specifically went to places that will most likely be gone in the next few years to development.

    Had a blast and found some new bits to go back to explore, talked with some locals wondering what was going on (there were about 50 of us in total) and got yelled at by a cranky woman who doesn’t understand that she doesn’t own the road or the land that is the city’s.

    Also got a ton of compliments on the scones, so that was cool, I’ll have to make a batch and surprise 3ROC (the store that sponsored the race, and who’s Instagram I ended up on) with another batch sometime.
  • Sunday: 7 miles. Was going to meet a friend for another 3, but timing didn’t work out and I was more tired from the 30K than I expected (over 3,200 feet of elevation).
  • Long run fuel: Tailwind, scones, Oreos, Clif bar.
  • BWF/Core work: Did the BodyWeightFitness Recommended Routine once this week, need to add in one more this week to keep it averaging twice a week.
  • Stretching: Stretching every day, not just run days, and it’s helping. I’ve been watching Schitt’s Creek each night as I stretch, highly recommended (both the show and stretching/rolling). I did the Adidas women’s running yoga on Sunday and I’m not a fan of the instructor at all, will find a different course to do this week.


Second 55 mile week in a row, and I’m feeling better than I thought I would, but still a bit tired/sore. Onward!

  • Monday: Rest.
  • Tuesday: 9 miles: Tempo: 9:05 pace: 18 min/4R/12 min
  • Wednesday: 10 miles.
  • Thursday: 5 miles. Tiny loops in my neighborhood, started Distopia Rising, one of the new adventures from Zombies, Run.
  • Friday: 15 miles. PRANK run, went from 8 until about 11:30, had a wonderful time as always.
  • Saturday: Rest.
  • Sunday: 15 miles. Met a friend from the Frontrunners to do some loops. Great conversations and enjoyed the sun for the first time in a while (or at least it felt like it).
  • Long run fuel: Tailwind, Bobo’s bar.
  • BWF/Core work: Did the BodyWeightFitness Recommended Routine twice this week. Still making progress, slowly seeing some improvements.
  • Stretching: Stretching every day, not just run days, and it’s helping. I’ve been watching Schitt’s Creek each night as I stretch, highly recommended (both the show and stretching/rolling).


Over 1/3 of the way through this plan, and my legs are definitely feeling it now!

  • Monday: Rest.
  • Tuesday: 9 miles.
  • Wednesday: 7 miles. Tempo: 9:05 pace: 18 min/4R/12 min
  • Thursday: 5 miles. Ran with the Frontrunners through the cold again.
  • Friday: Rest day.
  • Saturday: 20 miles. Ran the Spring Thaw up at North Park, always a fun time and a good race.
  • Sunday: 10 miles. Got a quick treadmill run in before heading downtown to see Little Shop of Horrors!
  • Long run fuel: Tailwind, Bobo’s bar, Gu.
  • BWF/Core work: Did the BodyWeightFitness Recommended Routine twice this week. Still making progress, slowly seeing some improvements.
  • Stretching: Stretching every day, not just run days, and it’s helping.


Bit of a down week before back at it again.

  • Monday: 8 miles.
  • Tuesday: Rest.
  • Wednesday: 7 miles: Met my friend Fox for some cold miles in the rain/snow/grapple.
  • Thursday: 5 miles. Ran with the Frontrunners through the cold again.
  • Friday: Rest day.
  • Saturday: 14 miles.
  • Sunday: 5 miles. Worked the auto show which wrecks my legs standing on concrete for that long, then ran on the cement sidewalks doing tiny loops, so my legs were trashed.
  • Long run fuel: Scratch and a Bobo’s bar.
  • BWF/Core work: Did the BodyWeightFitness Recommended Routine twice this week. Still making progress, slowly seeing some improvements.
  • Stretching: Getting better at stretching after each run, but still need to improve.


I headed south to see my uncle and aunt and run the Sarasota Music Half Marathon. race report and pictures after the break!

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Back from Sarasota and back to the grind!

  • Monday: 5 miles.
  • Tuesday: 8 miles.
  • Wednesday: 7 miles: Tempo: 5K pace (9:05): 14min/4min rest/12min
  • Thursday: 5 miles.
  • Friday: Rest day.
  • Saturday: 14 miles. Was supposed to do 20, but the ice on the roads, trails and sidewalks gave me enough close calls that I didn’t want to chance it anymore than I already had.
  • Sunday: 16 miles. Ten planned, plus the extra six from Saturday.
  • Long run fuel: Tailwind and a Gu packet I had tucked away in the water bottle.
  • BWF/Core work: Did the BodyWeightFitness Recommended Routine twice this week. Making slow progress, but that I’m moving up in some exercises!
  • Stretching: Did not get as much stretching in due to travel, need to work on that.
  • Race report owed: Sarasota Music Half Marathon.

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