What did I learn? Choose your battles wisely! I feel that as runners we are prone to making bad running decisions from time to time (unless you are like me….I frequently make bad running decisions). This week, I ran a trail 50k race without training for it. I do not condone or recommend that anyone else attempts to do this without training! But, slow and steady; with the help of my husband and the amazing volunteers at the aid stations I made it. I am an ultra-marathoner! On Thursday, I’ll be sharing more information about this in my race recap.
Plan: Rest day » Actual: Rest day
Perhaps a little known fact about myself (especially if you are new to following me) is that I had a small jewelry business before I went to grad school. I started by making jewelry for myself because I didn’t like the quality and price points in the stores. Then, a friend of mine that was getting married was also looking for jewelry. With my very limited experience I told her that I would happily make jewelry for her entire bridal party. Looking back, I can’t believe that she trusted me that much. It was a hit and hence the start of my little business. My first customer came back to me a few weeks ago with a request to help her friend. I spend Monday night and Tuesday night putting the jewelry sets together for this bride. I had some trouble sourcing the supplies that I needed hence the reason that my session spilled over into my Tuesday.
It was really nice working on this project. I miss the creativity and the ability to work with clients in that way. I hope that when I officially get in to coaching it will provide me with the same way to use my creativity and the excitement of working with others for a purpose.
The best part about working on this project was the excited text message when the bride received the jewelry in the mail!
Plan: 1 mile w/u 7×400 m repeats 0.5 m c/d » Actual: 2 miles
I was up really late working on the jewelry order, forgot my watch, and still had to work on sourcing a few items to finish the jewelry order for my shipping deadline. I let it all get the best of me today.
Plan: Cross training and strength training » Actual: rest day
I was so exhausted today I was concerned about safely driving home from work. I crashed as soon as I got in the door and slept until 7. When I got up, I had my dinner and hoped to go to bed early. Of course, I couldn’t fall asleep. On to the next…
Plan: 4 miles » Actual: rest
Yea….I totally just let this week get the best of me. And I’m ok with that. Sometimes you just have to accept it and move one. Since I’m not in a formal training cycle, I’m not worried about missing a few days. Next 5 weeks, I’ll put my due time in.
Plan: rest » Actual: rest
You guessed it – I didn’t work out today either. Knowing that I would have a very long day ahead of me on Saturday, I figured I might as well rest up tonight. Not having run many trails, I wasn’t quite sure what to pack for the race tomorrow. We gathered up our new shoes, cooling towels, hand held water bottles, Nuun tablets, sun screen, and fuel belts in a bag. The nerves finally set in.
Plan: Swissvale Mile + HHNH 50k » Actual: Swissvale Mile + HHNH 50k
We got up early on Saturday morning to go to the Swissvale Mile race. Aaron was one of the pacers for this event and I went just to run. There were a lot of people from our running group there to volunteer and run. The event was also sponsored by one of the local running stores that partnered up in support of sports bra squad day. This day encourages women to run in the clothing that they feel most comfortable in.
I’m not a mile racer. My only goal for this race was to beat Aaron (and not throw up). Check and Check! I came just a few seconds under 8 minutes. I’ll take it! After the race we grabbed some water and cookies. Chatted for a bit and scooted out to head for Settler’s Cabin.
The 50k race wasn’t scheduled to start until 10am so we had plenty of time to drive up, get ready, and walk to the starting area. There were a few surprised faces looking back at us. We only told 3 people ahead of time that we were going to attempt to run this race. This was a loop course where we had to complete 5 loops. The first 3 loops I felt great! Even though I’m not fast on the trails, I thought for a minute I could do this more often. The 4th loop was ok and by the time I got to the 5th loop my focus was just on getting to the finish line. I didn’t doubt that I would because I had plenty enough time to meet the cutoff but I felt considerably slower on the last loop. On Thursday, I’ll be posting my race recap so I’ll save the details for that post.
Plan: rest » Actual: rest
Last night I was really surprised by the amount of pain! I knew that I would be in pain but I didn’t expect that much pain. It was very difficult to get comfortable and I barely slept last night. Today, I just spent the day lounging and walking to keep loose. Compared to last night I feel pretty good!
Due to the events of the weekend, I have not prepped out a meal plan for this week. Next week I’ll be back with more meal prep inspiration.