Today's Mighty Oak


Temperatures got hot. I melted a bit. Also, my one foot is feeling a bit off, so I’m going to rest a bit more and then get back at it as I can. Bit of a setback, but again, I’m reminding myself that I would be in taper mode at this point.

  • Monday: Rest.
  • Tuesday: 8 miles.
  • Wednesday: 5 miles.
  • Thursday: 7 miles. Speed work: Tempo: 14min/4R/12min.
  • Friday: Rest.
  • Saturday: 10 miles
  • Sunday: 6 miles. Slept in after a socially distanced party/campfire for my goddaughter’s first birthday, so didn’t go out until the heat of the day. Part of me thought it would be great heat training, but I went out too fast and there isn’t much shade on my loop (I think I might have been okay on the trail). I’ll try for that 20 mile this upcoming weekend.
  • Long run fuel: Tailwind.
  • BWF/Core work: Just one workout this week, again, just feeling down.
  • Stretching: In need of a reset here too. Back at it this week.
  • Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee 1000K progress (1021K): 147/634miles. There’s one other runner with the same last name, so I like to think I’m chasing him. He’s still ahead, but I closed the gap a bit this week!


Temperatures swung from snow last week to 70s and maybe even some 80s this week. Glad I’m doing the GVRAT to force myself into summer miles, but this is a learning experience for me for sure!

  • Monday: Rest.
  • Tuesday: 7 miles.
  • Wednesday: 4 miles.
  • Thursday: 7 miles. Speed work: VO2: 5K pace, 2×1200, 2x1000x 1×800.
  • Friday: Rest.
  • Saturday: 12 miles
  • Sunday: 18 miles. Met a friend for a socially distant walk/catch up for about an hour afterwards on a couple park benchnes, and it was so, so needed.
  • Long run fuel: Tailwind, Bobo’s bar, Gu.
  • BWF/Core work: Two workouts this week again, so on track.
  • Stretching: Back into the habit of stretching, but still room for improvement.
  • Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee 1000K progress (1021K): 111/634miles. There’s one other runner with the same last name, so I like to think I’m chasing him. He’s still ahead, but I closed the gap a bit this week!


Back at it this week, had to dodge a few rain clouds (and snow on Saturday), and looks like that will continue this week.

  • Monday: Rest.
  • Tuesday: 7 miles.
  • Wednesday: 4 miles.
  • Thursday: 8 miles. Speed work: VO2: 5K pace, two sets: 2×1200 1×800
  • Friday: Rest.
  • Saturday: 6 miles
  • Sunday: 18 miles. Hit up the Jail Trail, which was mostly empty since I got there early and it was still cold. Made a detour to the Point to round out my mileage for the day.
  • Long run fuel: Tailwind, Bobo’s bar, Gu.
  • BWF/Core work: Two workouts this week! Felt good, but sore to get back to it.
  • Stretching: Back into the habit of stretching, so we’ll keep that going.
  • Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee 1000K progress: 63/635 miles. I’ll have to double check, I think this race is 635 miles, but that number may be a bit off. A 1000K is 621, but the course is a bit longer than that, as is the case with many ultras.


First week of real training for O24, and feels good to be back. I’ll be adding in BWF work this week, bt I’m back on the stretching train, so that helps a lot!

My long run was tough, it was really humid, warmer than it had been all week, and the trail was packed, mostly with people fishing in the stream that runs next to it. Sadly, so few people were wearing mouth coverings, but it’s at least wide enough to keep my distance.

  • Monday: 7 miles.
  • Tuesday: 4 miles.
  • Wednesday: Rest.
  • Thursday: 6 miles. Ran the Zombies, Run! Spring virtual race, which was a ton of fun, one of their best!
  • Friday: Rest.
  • Saturday: 5 miles
  • Sunday: 14 miles.
  • Long run fuel: Tailwind, Bobo’s bar.
  • BWF/Core work: Took the week off, restarting next week.
  • Stretching: Back into the habit of stretching, so we’ll keep that going.
  • Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee 1000K progress: 19/621 miles.


So here’s where we are. Eagle Up is cancelled until 2021. O24, which was supposed to be this weekend, has been delayed to the first weekend in October. In a cruel twist of fate, that means that I could do the same training plan starting at that point (the week I log below) and it would line up perfectly.

However, that would mean that I’ve been ‘in training mode’ since Christmas for a race in October. Yes, this training cycle has increased my speed and I’ve made some great progress, but that’s a lot to take on, mentally.

I took the whole week off, mostly as a mental reset, but did participate in the virtual Doc’s Blow Out Yore Butt challenge on Friday. The idea was to tackle one of your soft PRs and see if you could break it.

My softest PR is probably 50K, but I wasn’t going to go after that, instead, I decided to run a 10K. My previous PR was 59:19.

So, I adjusted a bit, jumping into week 4 of my plan (a mix of two RFP plans and the speedwork from Uncle Pete) and then adjusting/repeating around week 12 and 13 so it all works out pretty well. This puts me back into VO2 speed work which I’m dreading, but also know it will make me a better runner.

I’m also dreading all the summer running I have in front of me. To help with that, I signed up for laz’s 1000K virtual race across Tennessee. We have four months to log 1000K, and since this is probably my only chance to run a laz race, I figured, it’s a good way to get some inspiration.

  • Monday: Rest.
  • Tuesday: Rest.
  • Wednesday: Rest.
  • Thursday: Rest.
  • Friday: Rest.
  • Saturday: Doc’s Blow Out Yore Butt challenge – 10K: 54:08, new (unofficial) PR!
  • Sunday: Rest.
  • BWF/Core work: Took the week off, restarting next week.
  • Stretching: Should have stretched, but didn’t. Back at it.
  • 1000K progress: Starts May 1.


This week was filled with highs and lows: Lauren’s (Virtual) Birthday Puzzle Race and then Eagle Up being cancelled until 2021. I’ll have another post up with my thoughts and how I’m changing my training, but for now, here’s my last post for this series.

Wash your hands, stay home, wear a facemask when you go out and let’s all band together (by staying apart) to get through this together.

  • Monday: Rest.
  • Tuesday: Rest.
  • Wednesday: 10 miles.
  • Thursday: 9 miles.
  • Friday: Rest.
  • Saturday: 24 miles – Lauren’t (Virtual) Birthday Puzzle Race!
  • Sunday: Rest. My Achilles was a bit tender from the race the day before, and with EU being cancelled, I needed the mental break.
  • Long run fuel: Tailwind, Bobo’s Bars, Honey Stinger Waffle, homemade crusty bread.
  • BWF/Core work: Did the BodyWeightFitness Recommended Routine once this week, still making some good progress, but now I’m out of the habit, have to fix that!
  • Stretching: Out of the habit of this too, but time to make it up!
  • Race report owed: Lauren’s (Virtual) Birthday Puzzle Race


A big week, and I’m feeling beat up by it, but still going. Have a fun virtual event this Saturday I’m looking forward to!

Wash your hands, stay home, wear a facemask when you go out and let’s all band together (by staying apart) to get through this together.

  • Monday: Rest.
  • Tuesday: 10 miles.
  • Wednesday: 8 miles, steady state 20 minutes.
  • Thursday: 6 miles.
  • Friday: Rest.
  • Saturday: 10 miles.
  • Sunday: 22 miles. Hurt my Achilles during this run, it’s real tender, so hopefully nothing some rest won’t cure.
  • Long run fuel: Tailwind, Bobo’s Bars, Gu.
  • BWF/Core work: Did the BodyWeightFitness Recommended Routine twice this week, still making some good progress!
  • Stretching: More stretching, although I did miss it one day.


Still running, which is helping my sanity, but I’m also leaning more and more towards Eagle Up being cancelled. Not sure if they’ll rechedule it, but I’ll at least have a fall ultra on my calendar with O24.

Wash your hands, stay home, wear a facemask when you go out and let’s all band together (by staying apart) to get through this together.

  • Monday: Rest.
  • Tuesday: 7 miles.
  • Wednesday: 5 miles.
  • Thursday: 9 miles, steady state 20 minutes.
  • Friday: Rest.
  • Saturday: 15 miles.
  • Sunday: 9 miles.
  • Long run fuel: Tailwind, Bobo’s Bars.
  • BWF/Core work: Did the BodyWeightFitness Recommended Routine twice this week. I also did an at-home yoga class, and there is a new Zombies, Stay at Home mission I need to check out.
  • Stretching: More stretching, although I did miss it two days.


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.

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