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Miakonda Training week 20

First off, how the hell is this already week 20?! Oh boy, getting down to it now. We even ordered our team shirts for the event:

One of my PRorER teammates was kind enough to send me his old Garmin, so now I’m also trying to figure that out as well. It’s been really nice, but I’m sure there’s a ton of features I’m not using, but it’s nice and weird to not have to run with my phone if I’m not listening to music!

This week I also took it easy, the humidity and heat shot back up, plus my legs needed the break from my 50-miler last week.

  • Monday: Rest.
  • Tuesday: 4 miles, tiny loops.
  • Wednesday: 9 miles on the trail.
  • Thursday: 4 miles, tiny loops
  • Friday: Rest.
  • Saturday: 10 miles. To get my mileage, I should have headed out for another loop of 10, but it was so humid and my legs were still trashed from last week, I called it early. A teammate did his own wonderfully stupid thing, running across the county, so I actually met him about 5 miles in with scones as his first aid stop, before I headed off to do my own mileage.
  • Sunday: 5 miles: The Lake Loop. A bunch of ultrarunners (including a wonderful friend who came in for the run across the county) took on Pittsburgh Track Club’s inaugural race! We had a great time together (of course, that was never a question), had three of our other teammates cheering us on, and giggled a bit at how out of place we were compared to the ‘former DI track athletes.’ But hey, they do stuff we can’t, and vice versa! A great job in terms of graphic design on the shirt, a delightful crossing guard and honestly, a very supportive group of runners!
  • Long run fuel: Tailwind, Gu.
  • BWF/Core work: None specifically this week.
  • Yoga: No yoga this week.
  • Stretching: Missed a day of stretching, but otherwise I was good!

This upcoming week is another peak week (this plan had two 60 mile weeks and one 58 mile weeks, which included my 50-miler). Getting the mileage in under my belt will be a huge mental boost. Of course, it’s the most hellacious week at work in a long, long time (I’m covering two jobs as well as working on a bunch of really big projects, all at once), but just getting through these seven days and then heading into my taper will be really good!

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